To estimate the point-prevalence of major depression in elderly medical inpatients according to a computerized diagnostic system, a two-phase design was carried out.
A consecutive series of 198 elderly medical inpatients completed two self-rating scales for depression (Beck Depression Inventory, Geriatric Depression Scale) and the Mini-Mental State Examination.
According to these screening instruments, 69 « probable cases » were identified and were referred for psychiatric evaluation using the Geriatric Mental State Schedule.
Only 10 patients were identified as diagnostic cases of depression according to the GMS-AGECAT package.
The estimated prevalence rate for depression according to AGECAT in this population was 5.9% (95% confidence limits 2.3-9.3%). This is lower than has been found in previous studies in elderly medical inpatients.
Possible reasons for this finding are discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Etat dépressif, Trouble humeur, Prévalence, Hôpital général, Enquête, Epidémiologie, Vieillard, Homme, Pays Bas, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Depression, Mood disorder, Prevalence, General hospital, Inquiry, Epidemiology, Elderly, Human, Netherlands, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0149214
Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 09/06/1995.