Letters Preventing dementia

Targeting depressive symptoms is unlikely to help

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4697 (Published 07 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4697
  1. James C Coyne, professor of psychology in psychiatry1
  1. 1University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
  1. jcoynester{at}gmail.com

    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 …

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