Rapid Depression Assessment in Geriatric Patients.

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Rapid Depression Assessment in Geriatric Patients.

Clin Geriatr Med. 2017 Aug;33(3):383-391

Authors: Grossberg GT, Beck D, Zaidi SNY

Abstract
Depression is common in geriatric patients, especially in those with multiple comorbidities and polypharmacy. Depression in older adults is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Initial screening for depression can easily be accomplished in the waiting room. Yet the clinical interview still remains the gold standard for diagnosing geriatric depression. Key components of the clinical interview are observant watching of the patient for the subtle signs of depression. Clinical interview should be done with sensitivity to the importance of privacy. Illicit substances and medical conditions may significantly contribute. Suicide assessment should be done in a step wise manner.

PMID: 28689570 [PubMed - in process]

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