Screening for depression in geriatric medical patients

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

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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)799-802
Number of pages4
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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