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Dementia and depression scales in elderly patients

ADAM NIEZGODA1, JOLANTA TWARDOWSKA-RAJEWSKA2, JOLANTA RAJEWSKA3
1. Kliniki Neurologii AM w Poznaniu
2. Kliniki Gastroenterologii i Żywienia Człowieka AM w Poznaniu
3. Kliniki Psychiatrii AM w Poznaniu
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1998, 7, suplement 1 (6),93-95
Keywords: dementia, depression, old age

Abstract

The paper presents results of a study on dementing and depressive symptoms in elderly (aged over 65 years) medically ill inpatients of the Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition Department of Medical Academy in Poznań. A screening was carried out using an abbreviated version of the Geriatric Depression Scale and the Folsteins' Mini-Mental State to assess cognitive junctions. A 100% concordance was found between results of the screening and findings of a specialist psychiatric examination. The Geriatric Depression Scale and Mini-Mental State Examination may be considered as a brief and reliable method of diagnosing depressive and dementing disorders in elderly patients of internal diseases departments.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Adam Niezgoda,
Klinika Neurologii AM,
ul. Przybyszewskiego 49,
60-355 Poznań