Recognition of depression in medical patients with heart failure.


Journal Article

The author examined physician and patient factors related to recognition of depression in depressed medical patients. Medical inpatients over age 50 were systematically identified with depressive disorder (N=1,000). Medical physicians (N=422) treating these patients were asked whether they believed patients had depression warranting specific treatment. Frequency of seeing and treating older depressed patients and attitudes toward treatment effectiveness were key factors related to physicians' recognition of depression. Patient factors were younger age, white race, female gender, and persistence of depression after discharge. Although physicians' intuition about depression course was often correct, persistent depression was not recognized in nearly 40% of patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Koenig, HG

Published Date

  • July 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 338 - 347

PubMed ID

  • 17600171

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17600171

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-3182

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/appi.psy.48.4.338


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England