Symptomatic depression in elderly medical outpatients. I. Prevalence, demography, and health service utilization

S. Borson, R. A. Barnes, W. A. Kukull, J. T. Okimoto, R. C. Veith, Thomas Inui, W. Carter, M. A. Raskind

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The authors assessed the prevalence and demography of depressive symptoms, their association with specific chronic diseases, and their influence on health service use in a large sample of elderly men seen in a primary care setting. Twenty-four percent of respondents reported clinically significant depressive symptoms; the prevalence of major depressive disorders was estimated at 10%, but only 1% reported receiving mental health treatment by a specialist. Self-reported marital separation or divorce and physical disability affecting employment were strongly associated with high depression scores, whereas the normative stresses of aging (widowhood, retirement, social isolation) were not. Only chronic lung disease was differentially associated with high depression scores, and this effect was weak. The authors discuss the implications of these findings for the design of comprehensive health services for the elderly with chronic disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-347
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume34
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Health Services
Outpatients
Demography
Depression
Chronic Disease
Health Services for the Aged
Widowhood
Social Isolation
Divorce
Retirement
Major Depressive Disorder
Lung Diseases
Primary Health Care
Mental Health
Therapeutics

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Borson, S., Barnes, R. A., Kukull, W. A., Okimoto, J. T., Veith, R. C., Inui, T., ... Raskind, M. A. (1986). Symptomatic depression in elderly medical outpatients. I. Prevalence, demography, and health service utilization. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 34(5), 341-347.

Symptomatic depression in elderly medical outpatients. I. Prevalence, demography, and health service utilization. / Borson, S.; Barnes, R. A.; Kukull, W. A.; Okimoto, J. T.; Veith, R. C.; Inui, Thomas; Carter, W.; Raskind, M. A.

In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 34, No. 5, 1986, p. 341-347.

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Borson, S, Barnes, RA, Kukull, WA, Okimoto, JT, Veith, RC, Inui, T, Carter, W & Raskind, MA 1986, 'Symptomatic depression in elderly medical outpatients. I. Prevalence, demography, and health service utilization', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 341-347.
Borson, S. ; Barnes, R. A. ; Kukull, W. A. ; Okimoto, J. T. ; Veith, R. C. ; Inui, Thomas ; Carter, W. ; Raskind, M. A. / Symptomatic depression in elderly medical outpatients. I. Prevalence, demography, and health service utilization. In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 1986 ; Vol. 34, No. 5. pp. 341-347.
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