Research Priorities in Late-Life Mood Disorders

Briony Dow, Xiaoping Lin, Jean Tinney, Betty Harambous and David Ames

in Late-Life Mood Disorders

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199796816
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199323081 | DOI:
Research Priorities in Late-Life Mood Disorders

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This chapter presents a summary of research priorities for international researchers in the area of late-life mood disorders. After a brief discussion on important issues that underlie future research in this area, including sociodemographic changes and advances in technology, this chapter presents a snapshot of current research in late-life mood disorders and identifies important gaps. The chapter concludes with recommendations on research priority areas likely to create the most exciting opportunities for the late-life mood disorder field in the next five to ten years. These comprise more cross-disciplinary research, including psychosocial, behavioural, and biological approaches; more targeted research into anxiety, including neurological aspects of anxiety advanced through neuroimaging; and translational research that evaluates the effectiveness, cost, and feasibility of treatments for anxiety in a range of settings but particularly primary health settings.

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Subjects: Old Age Psychiatry ; Neurology

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