Introduction. Treatment of Depression in Long-Term Care Patients

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Major depression affects about 15% of elderly patients in long-term care, and depressive symptoms are present in 2 to 3 times as many of these patients. Depression is a costly illness with a dramatic negative impact on quality of life. As the elderly population grows and represents an ever-increasing proportion of the overall population, depression threatens to cause even greater medical, social, and economic hardships.​

J Clin Psychaitry 1999;60(suppl 20):3-3