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GAMEZ PEREZ, Roney Nora et al. Some favouring factors of the neurotic depression in hospitalized elderly. MEDISAN [online]. 2012, vol.16, n.9, pp.1366-1372. ISSN 1029-3019.

A descriptive, retrospective and longitudinal study of 81 patients assisted in the service of psychogeriatrics of "Dr. Juan Bruno Zayas Alfonso" Teaching General Hospital in Santiago de Cuba was carried out from January to December 2010, in order to identify some favoring factors of neurotic depression in these aged persons. Among the analyzed variables there were: sex, age, school level, economic situation, and satisfaction with the current life, degree of loneliness and severity of the depression. For the gathering of the information the Scale of Geriatric Depression test was applied, and the percentage was used as summary measure. The most affected in the case material were the age group 60-69 year and the female sex. Also, the females with primary educational level had greater risk of suicidal ideas and the poor economic situation prevailed, as well as the aged who felt alone and who were not satisfied with life.

Keywords : aged person; neurotic depression; psychology; geriatrics; secondary health care.

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