Can depression and depressive symptoms predict mortality at 18-month follow-up in acutely medically ill inpatients over the age of 80 years ?
The prevalence of depression in acutely medically ill elderly inpatients is high.
Depression in the elderly is associated with increased mortality.
The association between mortality at 18-month follow-up and depression, depressive symptoms and demographic variables at the outset in a cohort of acutely medically ill elderly inpatients was examined.
The mortality at 18-month follow-up was 47%. Depression, depressive symptoms and demographic variables were not associated with mortality.
An important explanation of this absence of association between mortality and depression may be an artifact due to patient selection designed to resemble normal clinical practice.
Mots-clés Pascal : Etat dépressif, Facteur prédictif, Mortalité, Maladie, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Facteur sociodémographique, Vieillard, Homme, Trouble humeur
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Depression, Predictive factor, Mortality, Disease, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Sociodemographic factor, Elderly, Human, Mood disorder
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Cote : 98-0244760
Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 11/09/1998.