Diagnosing major depression in the elderly: evidence for response bias in standardized diagnostic interviews?

@article{Knuper1994DiagnosingMD,
  title={Diagnosing major depression in the elderly: evidence for response bias in standardized diagnostic interviews?},
  author={B{\"a}rbel Kn{\"a}uper and Hans Ulrich Wittchen},
  journal={Journal of psychiatric research},
  year={1994},
  volume={28 2},
  pages={147-64}
}
Recent epidemiological and family genetic studies in different countries using standardized diagnostic interviews for mental disorders have rather consistently demonstrated considerably lower current (e.g. ECA Study: 0.9%) and lifetime (1.4%) prevalence estimates of Major Depression in the elderly (older than 65 years of age) as compared to younger age groups (e.g. 30-44 years: 1 year, 3.9%; lifetime, 7.5%). Some investigators have questioned the validity of these data and suggested alternative… CONTINUE READING