Disease and depression in older medical patients

Psychol Rep. 1998 Dec;83(3 Pt 1):1081-2. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1998.83.3.1081.


It was hypothesized that those with systemic diseases such as diabetes mellitus would likely have higher prevalence rates of self-reported depressive symptoms than those diagnosed with nonsystemic diseases in part due to the disability conferred by their diagnosis. Analysis indicated partial support, although, other factors may moderate this relationship.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Female
  • Frail Elderly / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sick Role*