To assess the prevalence of depression and associated factors in elderly people in Saudi Arabia.
A cross-sectional national survey of the elderly population of Saudi Arabia was conducted between January 1994 and December 1995.
A stratified two-stage sampling technique was used to select the study subjects.
In the first stage, a random sample of primary health care centres (PHCs) was selected in each of the five administrative regions of the country.
The family health records (FHR) of each selected PHC were reviewed and a list of the elderly (60 years and over) was compiled.
In the second stage, a sample of the subjects was selected from the FHR and contacted for a personal interview.
The subjects'physical, social and environmental health status were assessed by an interview during which a structured questionnaire was completed.
The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) was used to screen for depression.
Other items of information in the questionnaire included subjects'sociodemographic characteristics, activities of daily living (ADL), laboratory and radiological investigations.
The total number of elderly subjects included in this study was 7970.
Their mean age ± standard deviations was 68.8 ± 7.7 (male 69.1 ± .7.7 ; and female 67.7 ± 7.5) years.
Depressive symptoms were reported in 3110 (39%) of the subjects, and 8.4% were in the severe depressive symptoms score group. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Etat dépressif, Personne âgée, Homme, Arabie Saoudite, Asie, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Symptomatologie, Facteur sociodémographique, Santé mentale, Trouble humeur
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Depression, Elderly, Human, Saudi Arabia, Asia, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Symptomatology, Sociodemographic factor, Mental health, Mood disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0480162
Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 22/03/2000.