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Evid Based Nurs 7:88 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.3.88
  • Assessment (screening or diagnosis)

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?

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GraphicData sources:

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.

GraphicStudy 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 …

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