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Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG): Depression (Revised 2011)

Depressive symptoms are common among older adults and can have a major effect on their quality of life. It has been estimated that between 12 and 16 percent of older adults living in long term care facilities have major depression, 50 percent may have a minor depressive disorder, and up to 70 percent may experience a depressed, sad, or blue mood.

All health care workers in the long term care setting should maintain a high index of suspicion for the presence of depression in their patients. Accurate diagnosis of depression is important because many of the symptoms of depression may also be found in other conditions. Once diagnosed, depression usually responds to treatment with psychotherapy, medications, or a combination of the two.

The Depression Clinical Practice Guideline should assist the interdisciplinary care team through a process of recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of depression in the long term care facility resident. It includes an expanded section on pharmacology, many tables providing strategies to assist in diagnosing and managing depression, and screening tools to assist in recognition of depression.

Order Information:
Product Code: CPG4
Member Price: $15
Non-member Price: $35
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For additional information, visit the Clinical Corner on Depression.

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