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James Randy Mervis M.D., Kenneth D. Cole PH.D. & Steven Lloyd Ganzell PH.D.

In: Improving Care in the Nursing Home: Comprehensive Reviews of Clinical Research

Chapter 10: The Management of Depression in the Nursing Home

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The Management of Depression in the Nursing Home
The management of depression in the nursing home
JamesRandyMervisM.D.
KennethD.ColePH.D.
StevenLloydGanzellPH.D.

Depression experienced by patients in nursing homes (NHs) can range from mild, transient dysphoric feelings lasting for a day to profound withdrawal and despondency that can persist for months or even years. In an effort to estimate the extent of more serious problems with depression in these settings, we will review a number of studies documenting the epidemiology of depression in the NHs. Then we will turn our attention to studies on various treatment approaches to depression in both a psychiatric and a psychological manner as well as more novel approaches.

Epidemiology of Depression in Nursing Homes

Early studies investigating the prevalence of depression typically used a psychiatric interview, perhaps bolstered by ...

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