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Cultural implications for assessment and treatment of depression in Hispanic elderly individuals

TitleCultural implications for assessment and treatment of depression in Hispanic elderly individuals
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsOrtiz, IE, Romero, LJ
JournalAnnals of Long Term CareAnnals of Long Term Care
Volume16
Pagination45-48
ISBN Number1524-7929
KeywordsAged, Clinical Assessment Tools, Cultural Sensitivity, Depression -- Diagnosis, Depression -- Drug Therapy, Depression -- Epidemiology, Depression -- In Old Age, Depression -- Symptoms, Depression -- Therapy, Geriatric Depression Scale, Hispanics, Scales
AbstractElderly Hispanic individuals are one of the fastest growing groups of older persons in the United States, and their cultural, political, and racial backgrounds can be varied. Symptoms and the presentation of depression in Hispanic elderly individuals may be affected by cultural factors that can confound diagnosis. Culturally-and linguistically-sensitive depression screening instruments combined with knowledgeable assessment methods can improve the diagnosis of depression, and provide a more effective direction for the clinical treatment of depression in the Hispanic elderly population.