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Depression in Acute Geriatric Care

  • R. Prettyman
  • J. Banerjee
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Abstract

Depression is the most common mental disorder in late life with overall prevalence estimates ranging from 0.4 to 35% amongst adults over 55 years old [1]. This wide variation in apparent prevalence is accounted for by the different study methodologies used, the wide range of clinical settings studied and the differing thresholds employed for defining cases of depression. However, it is important to remember that depression is a treatable medical condition and not a part of ageing [2].

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Consultant Old Age PsychiatristLeicester Royal InfirmaryLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS TrustLeicesterUK
  3. 3.Department of Health SciencesUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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