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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

versión impresa ISSN 0864-2125versión On-line ISSN 1561-3038

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GONZALEZ CEINOS, Martha. Depresión en ancianos: un problema de todos. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2001, vol.17, n.4, pp.316-320. ISSN 0864-2125.

Summary The level of depression of 499 elderly people living in the province of Vizcaya (Spain) was assessed. All of them wete retired, over 70 and with a similar sociocultural and economic level. Of them, 258 (102 males and 156 females) lived with their families. The rest (61 males and 180 females) lived in geriatric institutions that met all the requirements for this type of centers, in accordance with the Spanish standing legislation. All the participants in the study answered the Beck’s depression questionnaire, which establishes 5 depression levels according to the answers. The results showed a high prevalence of depressive signs and symptoms in both groups, although the instutionalized aged had a greater frequency of moderate-severe depressive symptomatology, specially males. These data show that it is necessary to take new measures to improve the quality of life of our elderly people as regards personal and community care

Palabras clave : DEPRESSION [epidemiology]; QUESTIONNAIRES [standards]; AGED.

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