Review: screening instruments had sensitivities of 67–100% and specificities of 53–98% for detecting major depression in older primary care patients
Q What is the accuracy of various screening instruments for detecting depression in older adults in primary care?
Medline and PsycINFO (1966 to January 2002); trial registry of the Cochrane Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Group; US Preventive Services Task Force Guide to Clinical Preventive Services (1996); Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Clinical Practice Guideline on Depression (1993); recent systematic reviews; bibliographies; and peer review.
Study selection and assessment:
English language studies of depression screening in primary care populations of adults >65 years of age; comparison of instrument with a criterion standard (structured …