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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 107(10):60-69, October 2007
Depression among older adults is a common, but not a normal or acceptable phenomenon. Untreated depression reduces quality of life and can lead to serious complications when not addressed. To better screen for this problem, this program features the GDS short form--a quick and easy to administer tool that can identify those who are most likely depressed so they can be referred for further evaluation. This video discusses the prevalence of depression; demonstrates the screening process; describes some of the challenges in its administration; and explains how the results can be interpreted and used to adapt the plan of care. Included in this program is an excellent discussion among nursing staff, students and experts about how to assist the depressed patient in structuring daily activities and routines to account for changes in energy and interest in the short term, and plan for a return to normal over the longer term.
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