Symptomatology of late-life minor depression among primary care patients

Psychosomatics. Spring 1990;31(2):174-80. doi: 10.1016/S0033-3182(90)72191-3.


Patients of four general internists and four family physicians were interviewed by two psychiatrists to identify those suffering from depressive disorders. Nineteen elderly (60 years of age and older) patients and 22 younger (between 18 and 59 years of age) patients met Research Diagnostic Criteria (RDC) for minor depressive disorder, and 73 elderly and 79 younger patients had no psychiatric disorder. In general, the elderly depressed medical outpatients and the younger depressed medical outpatients had similar symptomatology, as did the elderly and nonelderly medical outpatients without psychiatric disorders.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Tests*
  • Primary Health Care
  • Referral and Consultation*