Screening for depression in geriatric medical patients

J. T. Okimoto, R. F. Barnes, R. Veith, M. A. Raskind, Thomas Inui, W. B. Carter

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Abstract

Depression, a common and treatable psychiatric disorder in later life, is often overlooked in geriatric medical patients. The authors evaluated the validity of two self-rating depression scales, the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale and the Popoff Index of Depression, for 55 elderly patients. They compared these ratings with the diagnosis assigned by a psychiatrist who was blind to scale results and who interviewed these patients using DSM-III criteria. The two scales correctly classified 80% and 69% of the subjects, respectively. The authors identify six items from the two scales that may serve as a simple screening instrument for the detection of depression in geriatric medical patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)799-802
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume139
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

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Okimoto, J. T., Barnes, R. F., Veith, R., Raskind, M. A., Inui, T., & Carter, W. B. (1982). Screening for depression in geriatric medical patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 139(6), 799-802.

Screening for depression in geriatric medical patients. / Okimoto, J. T.; Barnes, R. F.; Veith, R.; Raskind, M. A.; Inui, Thomas; Carter, W. B.

In: American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 139, No. 6, 1982, p. 799-802.

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Okimoto, JT, Barnes, RF, Veith, R, Raskind, MA, Inui, T & Carter, WB 1982, 'Screening for depression in geriatric medical patients', American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 139, no. 6, pp. 799-802.
Okimoto JT, Barnes RF, Veith R, Raskind MA, Inui T, Carter WB. Screening for depression in geriatric medical patients. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1982;139(6):799-802.
Okimoto, J. T. ; Barnes, R. F. ; Veith, R. ; Raskind, M. A. ; Inui, Thomas ; Carter, W. B. / Screening for depression in geriatric medical patients. In: American Journal of Psychiatry. 1982 ; Vol. 139, No. 6. pp. 799-802.
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