Age and gender effects on the diagnostic power of the DST.


Among 365 major and 158 minor depressive inpatients, the dexamethasone suppression test (DST) yielded an overall diagnostic sensitivity of 50%, a specificity of 85%, and a confidence level of 88%. Age was significantly correlated with the post-dexamethasone cortisol levels in the whole sample (r = 0.11; P less than 0.01); however, this low relationship… (More)


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