Practice and Management of Depression in Old Age: An Evidence Based Handbook

Practice and Management of Depression in Old Age: An Evidence Based Handbook

by Robert C Baldwin, Edmond Chiu, Nori Graham, Cornelius Katona
     
 

Depression is the most prevalent mental health disorder in later life, affecting 1 in 10 older people. It can have devastating effects on quality of life and is associated with an increased mortality, poorer recovery from physical illness, longer hospital stays and greater health care costs. Yet of all mental disorders, depression is the most readily treatable.

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Overview

Depression is the most prevalent mental health disorder in later life, affecting 1 in 10 older people. It can have devastating effects on quality of life and is associated with an increased mortality, poorer recovery from physical illness, longer hospital stays and greater health care costs. Yet of all mental disorders, depression is the most readily treatable. This book provides practical clinical guidance and communicates in a concise, easy-to-read format the mass of information now available in this area. Written from an evidence-based perspective, it presents authoritative guidelines on the best practice and management of depression in older people with regard to the presentation, causation, drug and non-drug management of depression and the aftercare involved in order to keep the patient well. Supported with clinical data and additional practical material, ranging from scales and algorithms to summaries of major papers and WPA teaching modules, this is a valuable resource not only for psychiatrists but also neurologists, geriatricians and primary care practitioners.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Daniel Loiterstein, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
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.
3 Stars from Doody

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841841267
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.45(d)

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