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Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry

versão impressa ISSN 1516-4446versão On-line ISSN 1809-452X

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GAZALLE, Fernando Kratz; HALLAL, Pedro Curi  e  LIMA, Maurício Silva de. Depression in the elderly: are doctors investigating it?. Rev. Bras. Psiquiatr. [online]. 2004, vol.26, n.3, pp.145-149. ISSN 1809-452X.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S1516-44462004000300003.

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether doctors are investigating depression in the elderly. METHODS: Cross-sectional population-based survey, including individuals aged 60 years or above, resident in the urban area of Pelotas, Brazil. The sample was selected using a multiple-stage protocol based on Brazilian census data. RESULTS: We interviewed 583 subjects (losses and refusals: 4.7%). We found that 76.6% of the subjects were not asked if they were feeling sad or depressed in their previous medical consultation. Investigation of depression was significantly higher among women and among those with higher depression score. Among women, sadness or depression was investigated in 28.7% of the previous consultations, while among men, the equivalent percentage was 14.8% (PR=1.93; p<0.001). CONCLUSION: Depression is not routinely investigated in clinical settings. Doctors should be alerted and trained on the monitoring of depression in this age group.

Palavras-chave : Epidemiology; Depression; Aged; Cross-sectional studies; Developing countries; Mental health.

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