Author(s): Sherina MS, Rampal L, Mustaqim A
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of depression among the elderly and to identify its associated factors. METHODS: A cross sectional study design was used. Stratified proportionate cluster sampling method was used to select the respondents. A 30 item Geriatric Depression Scale questionnaire was used as a screening instrument. RESULTS: 7.6\% of the elderly were found to have depression. Only employment status was found to be significantly associated with depression. DISCUSSION: The prevalence of depression in the elderly was 7.6\%. Primary Care providers need to be vigilant when treating elderly patients as depression is commonly found in this age group.
This article was published in Med J Malaysia
and referenced in Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research