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Depression in Acute Geriatric Care

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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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  • Apparent Prevalence
  • Mental Health Disorders (MHDs)
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Prettyman, R., Banerjee, J. (2018). Depression in Acute Geriatric Care. In: Nickel, C., Bellou, A., Conroy, S. (eds) Geriatric Emergency Medicine. Springer, Cham.

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