Integrated Management of Depression in the Elderly

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Depression is one of the most common mental health problems facing older people, and it is often unrecognised and usually under-treated. Integrated Management of Depression in the Elderly provides an entirely new approach to understanding late-life depression, by using a series of case studies with commentaries from practitioners internationally. The book covers the epidemiology, presentation and diagnosis of depression in older people and outlines current evidence for effective management drawing on recently published work. The substantive part of the book presents ten case studies of increasing complexity, each case has a commentary from a primary care clinician and a health or social care professional, to outline how professionals should work together to manage the patient within their community. Contributions from world experts give the book an international appeal. It will appeal to a wide audience of health and social care professionals together with psychiatrists-in-training.
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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: "This is an interesting new book focusing on an all too frequently underdiagnosed and undertreated disorder, geriatric depression. Written and edited by an international array of clinicians in the field, this book is a welcome addition to the psychiatric literature. "
Purpose: The purpose as outlined by the editors is to "provide an entirely new approach to understanding late-life depression, by using a series of case studies with commentaries, from practitioners internationally." The editors and chapter authors have produced a very readable and interesting book on an important subject.
Audience: The intended audience includes primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and geriatric psychiatrists.
Features: In its seven chapters, the book covers epidemiology, presentation and diagnosis, and effective management strategies. The highlight is the collection of 10 cases studies of increasing complexity that are accompanied by discussion and commentary with a primary care physician and a healthcare or social work professional. There is additional commentary by international experts in the field. Each chapter concludes with pertinent and timely citations of the scientific literature.
Assessment: This excellent new book provides an international and multidisciplinary perspective in the management of geriatric depression from diagnosis to treatment options. I highly recommend it to any clinician involved in treating the elderly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521689809
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn A. Chew-Graham is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at the University of Manchester.

Robert Baldwin is a Consultant in Old Age at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Alistair Burns is a Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Foreword Dan Blazer; Preface; 1. Late-life depression: an introduction; 2. Management of late-life depression; 3. Management of late-life depression in primary care: case studies UK; 4. Management of more complicated depression in primary care: case studies UK; 5. Management of late-life depression across the primary and secondary care interface: case studies UK; 6. Management of late-life depression around the world: summary of international commentaries; 7. Management of late-life depression: useful resources; Appendix. International commentaries; Index.

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