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A depression screening day for the elderly in a general practice setting

  • Walter Forbes (a1), Diana E. Tracy (a1), Ross J. Hamilton (a1) and John M. Eagles (a1)
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Unrecognised and untreated depression is common, particularly in the elderly. This paper describes an attempt to offer screening for depression to 4,500 people over the age of 60. Only two people attended and both were depressed. This may have related to the arrangements for screening, to the symptoms of depression, to inadequate publicity or to characteristics of the elderly population. Others contemplating screening for depression in elderly populations are advised to adopt a different methodology.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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A depression screening day for the elderly in a general practice setting

  • Walter Forbes (a1), Diana E. Tracy (a1), Ross J. Hamilton (a1) and John M. Eagles (a1)
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