Description: The book summarizes evidence on the phenomenology, etiology, and management of depression in the geriatric population. It is a small handbook, replete with practical information.
Purpose: The authors have designed the book to be an easily usable resource for practitioners of geriatric psychiatry whether they happen to be primary care physicians, geriatric psychiatrists, general psychiatrists, nurses, or others working in the field. It is well recognized that depression in the geriatric population is poorly identified and managed despite a recent, rapid expansion of knowledge on the subject. The authors intend the book to be a practical resource, aiding the identification and treatment of depression in this special population. They succeed in providing a compact book, filled with recommendations based on recent literature. Further, the recommendations are rated by the quality of evidence backing the statement.
Audience: The book is meant to have broad audience. All users will find some application for the information presented here. It will be particularly useful to the busy practitioner needing a quick reference for clinical care. All of the authors are noted academics in geriatric psychiatry.
Features: A thorough review of geriatric depression is provided in a unique structure. In each chapter, factual information about the evidence is presented first. Next, the authors construct a number of summary, evidence-based statements. These statements are followed by specific recommendations for practice. Each recommendation is rated by the quality of evidence backing the statement. The chapters conclude with emerging and controversial topics that need to receive consideration in the future.
Assessment: This is a useful handbook full of practical recommendations based on up-to-date, evidence-based medicine. It compiles a broad literature and distills it into a well-organized resource that can be used by a wide-ranging group of practitioners evaluating and treating a geriatric population.