Targeting depressive symptoms is unlikely to helpBMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4697 (Published 07 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4697
- James C Coyne, professor of psychology in psychiatry1
- 1University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Ritchie and colleagues urge moving from observational epidemiology to public health interventions to reduce dementia and propose reducing depressive symptoms.1 This is a poor example except as an opportunity to reflect on the pitfalls of inferring modifiable risk from correlation.
Depressive symptoms are related to a host of antecedent and cross sectional correlates ranging …