Assessment of depression in an elderly medical population

Guido Magni, Fabrizio Schifano, Diego de Leo

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Two self-rating depression scales, the Depression Factor Score derived from the SCL-90 and the Geriatric Depression Scale were administered to 220 medical geriatric in-patients, and two psychiatrists, after a clinical interview, made a diagnosis according to the DSM-III criteria for affective disorders. Eighteen patients were found to be affected by major depression, 49 by dysthymic disorder, 14 by atypical depression and 13 by an adjustment disorder with depressive mood. Women and single persons proved to be significantly more affected by depressive disturbances. The performance of both scales was good, so that they seem to be useful instruments aiding the non-specialist physician in a rapid screening procedure for the identification of depression in elderly patients with medical problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-124
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1986
Externally publishedYes


  • Depression - Elderly - Medical disturbances - DSM-III - Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) - Symptom Distress Checklist (SCL-90)


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