Recognizing late-life depression: Why is this important for nurses in the home setting?

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Abstract

Depression in older adults is often unrecognized, ignored, misdiagnosed, and inadequately treated, resulting in serious consequences. Geriatric depression is highly responsive to intervention, yet successful treatment of latelife depression among older adults living at home can depend on the nurse's ability to recognize the symptoms while delivering care for chronic medical conditions and perhaps a host of co-morbid psychosocial issues, such as in the present case study. The end result of successful treatment is an overall improvement in quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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