Evid Based Nurs 14:117-118 doi:10.1136/ebn.2011.100036
  • Mental health
  • Randomised controlled trial

Bright light treatment is effective in treating older patients with non-seasonal major depression

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  1. Klaus Martiny
  1. Department O, 6202, Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Klaus Martiny
    Department O, 6202, Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 9, Copenhagen 2100 Ø, Denmark; klaus.martiny{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Major depression is common in older people, and treatment response is often inadequate.

  • Bright light treatment as an effective and well-tolerated treatment should be used more often in major depression in older people.


Treatment for major depression is unsuccessful in a larger proportion of patients, and newer treatment modalities are thus welcomed.1 2 Major depression in older people is common, and depression episodes tend to be long and debilitating. Bright light treatment has now been used for three decades and has been shown to be effective for non-seasonal depression,3 4 but specific evidence for efficacy in …

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