Affective disorders, social support, and health status in geriatric patients in a general hospital.

@article{Lzaro1995AffectiveDS,
  title={Affective disorders, social support, and health status in geriatric patients in a general hospital.},
  author={Luisa L{\'a}zaro and Teodor Marcos and Manuel Vald{\'e}s},
  journal={General hospital psychiatry},
  year={1995},
  volume={17 4},
  pages={
          299-304
        }
}
A randomized-sample taken from all elderly patients aged 70 years and over hospitalized for medical/surgical disorders was studied (N = 108) to determine the influence of health problems and social support on depression. According to DSM-III-R diagnostic criteria, 50.9% had psychiatric disorders and 15.7% had affective disorders. In the total sample, depressive symptoms significantly correlated with the existence of health problems and lack of social support, but independently considered, these… CONTINUE READING

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