Half of Home Care Recipients Are Depressed: How Do We Optimize Their Care
mental health, home care, depression, care, well-being
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Xiang et al.1 provide us with the estimated prevalence of older adults receiving home care services who also experience major depression or subthreshold depressive symptoms, and their findings are sobering. A key strength of their study is its reliance on data from the 2008–2014 waves of the U.S. Health and Retirement Study, the largest ongoing nationally representative study of older Americans. Of the 811 respondents who self-reported receiving paid home care for one or more limitations in activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living, 13.4% met criteria for major depression and another 38.7% met criteria for subthreshold depression (52.1% total).
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, v. 26, issue 9, p. 950-951
Scholar Commons Citation
Gum, Amber, "Half of Home Care Recipients Are Depressed: How Do We Optimize Their Care" (2018). Mental Health Law & Policy Faculty Publications. 930.