Affective disorders in the elderly in different European countries: Results from the MentDis_ICF65+ study

Autoři: Sylke Andreas aff001;  Maria Dehoust aff001;  Jana Volkert aff001;  Holger Schulz aff001;  Susanne Sehner aff005;  Anna Suling aff005;  Karl Wegscheider aff005;  Berta Ausín aff006;  Alessandra Canuto aff007;  Mike J. Crawford aff008;  Chiara Da Ronch aff009;  Luigi Grassi aff009;  Yael Hershkovitz aff010;  Manuel Muñoz aff006;  Alan Quirk aff008;  Ora Rotenstein aff010;  Ana Belén Santos-Olmo aff006;  Arieh Y. Shalev aff010;  Kerstin Weber aff012;  Hans-Ulrich Wittchen aff013;  Martin Härter aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Medical Psychology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany aff001;  Institute for Psychology, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria aff002;  Department of Psychology, University Witten, Herdecke, Germany aff003;  Department of Psychosocial Prevention, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany aff004;  Institute of Medical Biometry and Epidemiology, University Medical Centre Hamburg- Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany aff005;  School of Psychology, Complutense University of Madrid, Campus de Somosaguas s/n, Madrid, Spain aff006;  Nant Foundation, East Vaud Psychiatric Institute, Route de Nant, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland aff007;  College Centre for Quality Improvement, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, United Kingdom aff008;  Institute of Psychiatry, Dpt. Biomedical and Specialty Surgical Sciences, Corso, Italy aff009;  Department of Psychiatry, Hadassah University Medical Center, Kiryat Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel aff010;  Department of Psychiatry, NY Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, United States of America aff011;  Curabilis, Medical Direction, University Hospitals of Geneva, Chemin de Champ-Dollon, Puplinge, Switzerland aff012;  Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Technische Universtiät Dresden, Chemnitzer Straße, Dresden, Germany aff013
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(11)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0224871



Affective disorders are among the most prevalent disorders in the elderly. The present study aims to examine the sociodemographic and clinical correlates of major depressive disorder (MDD) and dysthymia in different European and Associated countries using standardized interview techniques. Furthermore, service utilization for the elderly with depression is assessed.


The MentDis_ICF65+ study is a cross-sectional survey (N = 3,142) that was conducted in six different European and Associated countries (Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, England and Israel) with a subsample of n = 463 elderly with any depressive disorder.


Sociodemographic and clinical correlates, such as gender, age and symptom severity, were significantly associated with MDD and dysthymia in the elderly. Only 50% of elderly with any depressive disorder were treated with psycho- or pharmacotherapy.


Our findings identified sociodemographic and clinical characteristics for depression risk in the elderly and highlight the need to improve service delivery to older adults who suffer from depression.

Klíčová slova:

Depression – Drug therapy – Elderly – Europe – Geriatric depression – Geriatrics – Quality of life – Religion


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