Depressive symptomatology in severe dementia in a European sample: prevalence, associated factors and prescription rate of antidepressants.

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@article{489bfd6f27704e9094acd12111ba057d,
title = "Depressive symptomatology in severe dementia in a European sample: prevalence, associated factors and prescription rate of antidepressants.",
abstract = "ABSTRACT Background: Depression is a common comorbid disorder of dementia. This study explores the prevalence of and factors associated with depressive symptomatology, and antidepressant prescription rates in severe dementia across eight European countries. Methods: In total, 414 people with severe dementia completed measures of cognition and quality of life (QoL), whilst carers completed proxy measures of activities of daily living (ADLs), depression, neuropsychiatric symptoms, QoL and comorbidity. Results: Findings indicated that 30{\%} of the sample had depression, whilst the highest and lowest prevalence of depression was reported in Germany and Finland, respectively. Lower QoL, the presence of pain and more frequent neuropsychiatric symptoms were associated with depressive symptomatology, whilst no significant relationship between impairment of ADLs, comorbidity, and depression emerged. Spain and Estonia had the highest and lowest rates of antidepressant prescribing, respectively, whilst Germany had the highest discrepancy between depressive symptomatology and prescription. Conclusions: The study highlights variations across countries in the prevalence of depressive symptomatology in severe dementia and prescription of antidepressants. Information about factors associated with depressive symptomatology may help to better identify and manage depression.",
author = "Giebel, {Clarissa M} and Caroline Sutcliffe and Anna Renom-Guiteras and Seija Arve and {Rahm Hallberg}, Ingalill and Maria Soto and Adelaida Zabalegui and Jan Hamers and Kai Saks and David Challis",
note = "The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: The V{\aa}rdal Institute (016540000)",
year = "2015",
doi = "10.1017/S1041610214002610",
language = "English",
volume = "27",
pages = "657--667",
journal = "International Psychogeriatrics",
issn = "1741-203X",
publisher = "Cambridge University Press",
number = "4",

}