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Mental health
Depression and age groups in the UK population: implications for public health preventive strategies
  1. Fazilah Twining
  1. Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Worcester, Worcester WR2 6AJ, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fazilah Twining, Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Worcester, Worcester WR2 6AJ, UK; f.twining{at}worc.ac.uk

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Commentary on: Arias de la Torre J, Vilagut G, Ronaldson A, et al. Prevalence and age patterns of depression in the United Kingdom. A population-based study. J Affect Disord 2021;279:164–72

Implications for practice and research

  • Findings indicated a higher prevalence of depression in middle-aged adults which suggests that targeted strategies can be valuable to improve the monitoring and prevention of depression.

  • Future research should include a wider range of socioeconomic variables which is essential to understand the factors which may contribute to depressive symptoms.

Context

Depression is a worldwide public health concern, it is the major contributor to global disability and suicide.1 In Europe, depression is highly prevalent with huge economic consequences.2 In the UK, it is therefore critical to examine the prevalence of this condition in order for healthcare professionals to develop a better understanding which will improve public health. …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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