Late-life depression and the family physician

South African Family Practice

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Title Late-life depression and the family physician
Creator Moodley, Sanushka Maisto, Alexandra
Subject family medicine; general practice; psychiatry; mental health Late life; depression; older; geriatric mental health; major depressive disorder; antidepressants; cognitive impairment; dementia
Description Late-life depression (LLD) is a common disorder seen in clinical practice. Depression in this population group is often left undetected and untreated. The majority of elderly individuals who seek help present to the primary health care setting. The family physician is ideally placed to screen for symptoms of LLD, given that they often have longitudinal knowledge of the patient’s history, premorbid personality, functioning and overall health status. An understanding of risk factors, differential diagnoses, appropriate opportunistic screening tools and decision-making around management plans can assist the family physician in the early detection and treatment of these patients. In doing so, this may lead to a decrease in mortality and morbidity and enhance the patient’s quality of life.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2022-06-28
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v64i1.5534
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 64, No 1 (2022): Part 3; 4 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Sanushka Moodley, Alexandra Maisto