Three-year prognosis of depression in the community-dwelling elderly

  • Republic of Ireland

1st December 2000, The British Journal of Psychiatry

Background Depression is the most common mental disorder in the community-dwelling elderly.

Aims To determine the three-year prognosis of depression in a cohort of 127 community-dwelling elderly subjects and identify factors relevant to outcome.

Method The subjects, diagnosed depressed at year 0 using the GMS—AGECAT package, were followed up three years later. A number of factors were investigated for an association with recovery from, or persistence of, depression