Description of Measure : The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) is a self-report measure of depression in older adults. Users respond in a “Yes/No” format. The GDS was originally developed as a 30-item instrument.
The GDS Long Form is a brief, 30-item questionnaire in which participants are asked to respond by answering yes or no in reference to how they felt over the past week. TARGET POPULATION: The GDS may be used with healthy, medically ill and mild to moderately cognitively impaired older adults.
In conclusion, GDS-15 is a valid and reliable screening tool for geriatric depression and is highly correlated with GDS-30 and DSM-5. It could be used for rapid and reliable detection of depression in elderly Turkish older adults, particularly in primary care.
Clinical Insights GDS is not an assessment and does not provide diagnoses. It is an effective tool to screen for moderate to severe depression that will require a referral to a psychologist by the physical therapist/clinician. It is quick to administer and easy to score.
Ontology: Geriatric depression scale (assessment scale ) (C0451184) A standardized rating scale developed by Yesavage et al in 1983, which is a self-report assessment used to identify depression in older adults. The questionnaire contains 30 items. All questions are answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
The Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia (CSDD) was specifically developed to assess signs and symptoms of major depression in demented patients.
Scoring . During administration, respondents are asked to rate symptoms of anxiety by indicating how often they have experienced each symptom during the last week, answering on a 4-point Likert-type scale ranging from 0 (not at all) to 3 (all of the time).
Age greatly affects the way in which depression develops, as well as the rate at which depression appears in individuals. Across the board, research shows that women report depression more often than men, and that depression is more common among the financially and socially disparaged.
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