Journal Article

Screening for depression among acutely ill geriatric inpatients with a short geriatric depression scale

AJIT SHAH, ROSEMARY HERBERT, SAMARA LEWIS, RANJINI MAHENDRAN, JOHN PLATT and BINOY BHATTACHARYYA

in Age and Ageing

Published on behalf of British Geriatrics Society

Volume 26, issue 3, pages 217-221
Published in print May 1997 | ISSN: 0002-0729
Published online May 1997 | e-ISSN: 1468-2834 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/26.3.217
Screening for depression among acutely ill geriatric inpatients with a short geriatric depression scale

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Background:

depression is not uncommon among acutely ill geriatric inpatients.

Method:

the performances of shorter versions of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) in screening for depression among acutely ill geriatric inpatients were examined.

Results:

a cut-off of 2/3 gives the best sensitivity (88%) and specificity (75%) for the 10-item version (GDS10). A cutoff of 0/1 gives the best sensitivity (72%) and specificity (90%) for the 4-item version (GDS4). A positive response to item 6 (“Do you often feel helpless?”) on the GDS10 gave a sensitivity of 76% and specificity of 75%. Patients found the GDS10 tolerable and acceptable.

Conclusion:

both shorter versions of the GDS may be utilized in screening for depression among acutely ill geriatric inpatients.

Keywords: depression; old age; rating; screening

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Subjects: Geriatric Medicine

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