The Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 is a sensitive case-finder of clinically important depressive states in elderly people in primary care

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Abstract

Objective No depression rating scale has yet been designed to identify all clinically important depressive states in elderly. Therefore, this study investigated the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 (HSCL-25), a self-rating scale for depression, to see if it was a sensitive indicator of major, minor and subsyndromal depression. Methods Structured interviews of 37 people with a high depressive score and an age and sex matched control group comprised of 37 persons with a low depressive score in HSCL-25, in order to compare the HSCL-25 ratings with the Montgomery-Angstromsberg-Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) as well as with the criteria for major, minor and subsyndromal depression. Results The sensitivity for identifying any depression was 94% and the specificity was 94% for HSCL-25 compared to the diagnostic criteria for depressive disorders. Conclusions HSCL-25 is a sensitive case-finder of any depressive disorder and may be useful in general practice and for screening studies of depression in elderly people. Copyright (C) 2004 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.

Detaljer

Författare
  • Karin Fröjdh
  • Anders Håkansson
  • I Karlsson
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Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Folkhälsovetenskap, global hälsa, socialmedicin och epidemiologi

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)386-390
TidskriftInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volym19
Utgivningsnummer4
StatusPublished - 2004
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa