Screening Older Adults for Mental Disorders

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Abstract

Avoidable disability associated with depression, anxiety, and impaired cognition among older adults is pervasive. Incentives for detection of mental disorders in late life include increased reimbursement, reduced cost, and less burden for patients and families. However, screening not aligned with diagnosis, intervention, and outcome assessment has questionable utility. The link between screening, treatment, and outcomes is well established for depression, less so for anxiety and impaired cognition. This article details the use of common instruments to screen and assess depression, anxiety, and cognitive impairment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-79
Number of pages11
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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