Natural history of depression in the oldest old: population-based prospective study.

  title={Natural history of depression in the oldest old: population-based prospective study.},
  author={Max L. Stek and David J. Vinkers and Jacobijn Gussekloo and R C van der Mast and Aartjan T. F. Beekman and Rudi G. J. Westendorp},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
BACKGROUND Despite its negative consequences, little is known about the natural history of depression in the oldest old. AIMS To study the incidence, course and predictors of depression in the general population of the oldest old. METHOD The Leiden 85-plus Study is a prospective population-based study of 500 people from their 85th to their 89th birthdays. Depressive symptoms were annually assessed with the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale, using a cut-off of 4 points. RESULTS During a… CONTINUE READING

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