Depressão na população idosa: Os médicos estão investigando?

Translated title of the contribution: Depression in the elderly: Are doctors investigating it?

Fernando Kratz Gazalle, Pedro Curi Hallal, Maurício Silva De Lima

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Objectives: To evaluate whether doctors are investigating depression in the elderly. Methods: Cross-sectional population-based survey, including individuals aged 60 years or above, resident in the urban area of Pelotas, Brazil. The sample was selected using a multiple-stage protocol based on Brazilian census data. Results: We interviewed 583 subjects (non-response rate: 4.7%). We found that 76.6% of the subjects were not asked if he/she was feeling sad or depressed in their previous medical consultation. Depression investigation was significantly higher in women and among those with a higher depression score. Among women, sadness or depression was investigated in 28.7% of the consultations, while among men, the equivalent percentage was 14.8% (PR=1.93; p<0.001). Conclusion: Depression is not routinely investigated in clinical settings. Doctors should be alerted and trained on the monitoring of depression in this age group.

Translated title of the contributionDepression in the elderly: Are doctors investigating it?
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Aged
  • Cross-sectional studies
  • Depression
  • Developing countries
  • Epidemiology
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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