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Prevalence of depression among older Americans: the Aging, Demographics and Memory Study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19519984     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have attempted to provide estimates of depression prevalence in older adults. The Aging, Demographics and Memory Study (ADAMS) is a population-representative study that included a depression assessment, providing an opportunity to estimate the prevalence of depression in late life in the U.S.A.
METHODS: The ADAMS sample was drawn from the larger Health and Retirement Study. A total of 851 of 856 ADAMS participants aged 71 and older had available depression data. Depression was measured using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview - Short Form (CIDI-SF) and the informant depression section of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI). We estimated the national prevalence of depression, stratified by age, race, sex, and cognitive status. Logistic regression analyses were performed to examine the association of depression and previously reported risk factors for the condition.
RESULTS: When combining symptoms of major or minor depression with reported treatment for depression, we found an overall depression prevalence of 11.19%. Prevalence was similar for men (10.19%) and women (11.44%). Whites and Hispanics had nearly three times the prevalence of depression found in African-Americans. Dementia diagnosis and pain severity were associated with increased depression prevalence, while black race was associated with lower rates of depression.
CONCLUSIONS: The finding of similar prevalence estimates for depression in men and women was not consistent with prior research that has shown a female predominance. Given the population-representativeness of our sample, similar depression rates between the sexes in ADAMS may result from racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity.
David C Steffens; Gwenith G Fisher; Kenneth M Langa; Guy G Potter; Brenda L Plassman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2009-06-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  International psychogeriatrics / IPA     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1041-6102     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Psychogeriatr     Publication Date:  2009 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-27     Completed Date:  2009-10-27     Revised Date:  2014-09-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007918     Medline TA:  Int Psychogeriatr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  879-88     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
African Continental Ancestry Group / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Aged, 80 and over
Alzheimer Disease / epidemiology*,  ethnology
Cohort Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies
Depressive Disorder / epidemiology*,  ethnology
European Continental Ancestry Group / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Health Status
Hispanic Americans / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Neuropsychological Tests
Personality Assessment
Sex Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
United States
Grant Support
K24 MH070027/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; K24 MH070027-06/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; K24 MH70027/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 AG027010/AG/NIA NIH HHS; R01 AG027010/AG/NIA NIH HHS; R01 AG027010-03/AG/NIA NIH HHS; R01 MH054846/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; U01 AG009740/AG/NIA NIH HHS; U01 AG009740-14/AG/NIA NIH HHS; U01 AG09740/AG/NIA NIH HHS

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