Research Article

Do general practitioners "miss" depression in elderly patients?

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 292 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.292.6532.1365 (Published 24 May 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;292:1365
  1. A J MacDonald

    Abstract

    In a study of the prevalence of depression in 235 elderly patients who attended general practice surgeries less than 12% of the disagreement between the research assessment of depression and the general practitioner's assessment was due to "missed" depression. There were, however, low rates of referral and of treatment with antidepressant drugs. If these findings are confirmed the study of the management and outcome of depression in such patients may be more rewarding than attempts to improve the recognition of depression.