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Depression and anxiety disorders are associated with excess disability. The authors searched the recent geriatric literature for studies associating late-life depression or anxiety with physical disability. Studies showed depression in old age to be an independent risk factor for disability; similarly, disability was found to be a risk factor for(More)
OBJECTIVES Determine the impact of an 8-week mindfulness meditation program on disability, psychological function, and pain severity in community-dwelling older adults with chronic low back pain, and to test the education control program for feasibility. DESIGN Randomized controlled trial. Participants. Forty community-dwelling older adults with moderate(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the relationship between pain and depression on recovery after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS A secondary data analysis on 453 depressed and nondepressed post-CABG patients enrolled in a randomized, controlled, effectiveness trial of telephone-delivered collaborative care for depression. Outcome measures were(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine whether feedback and treatment advice for depression presented to primary care physicians (PCPs) via an electronic medical record (EMR) system can potentially improve clinical outcomes and care processes for patients with major depression. DESIGN Randomized controlled trial. SETTING Academically affiliated primary care practice in(More)
CONTEXT Panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder are prevalent in primary care, associated with poor functional outcomes, and are often unrecognized and ineffectively treated by primary care physicians. OBJECTIVE To examine whether telephone-based collaborative care for panic and generalized anxiety disorders improves clinical and functional(More)
CONTEXT Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in older adults; however, few data exist to guide clinicians in efficacious and safe treatment. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are efficacious for younger adults with GAD, but benefits and risks may be different in older adults. OBJECTIVE To examine(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the burden of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), a common anxiety disorder in older adults. DESIGN Cross-sectional. SETTING Late-life depression and anxiety research clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. PARTICIPANTS One hundred sixty-four older adults with GAD and 42 healthy comparison participants with no lifetime history of psychiatric(More)
Age-associated alterations in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis functioning may make individuals more susceptible to HPA dysregulation in the context of mood and anxiety disorders. Little to no research has been done to examine HPA axis function in generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), particularly in late-life GAD, the most prevalent anxiety disorder(More)
BACKGROUND Inadequate treatments are reported for depressed patients cared for by primary care physicians (PCPs). Providing feedback and evidence-based treatment recommendations for depression to PCPs via electronic medical record improves the quality of interventions. METHODS Patients presenting to an urban academically affiliated primary care practice(More)
BACKGROUND Depression is often underrecognized in patients with end-stage renal disease. We interviewed outpatients at an urban dialysis facility using a criterion-based case-finding instrument to assess the rates, clinical correlates and outcomes of depression. METHODS The Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders Mood Module and the nine-item Patient(More)