Comparison of major and minor depression in older medical inpatients with chronic heart and pulmonary disease.


Journal Article

Depressed medical inpatients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and/or chronic pulmonary disease (CPD) were examined to determine characteristics distinguishing major depression (N=413) from minor depression (N=587). Consecutively admitted patients age 50 or over were screened for depressive disorder with the Structured Clinical Interview for Depression (SCID-IV). CHF/CPD patients with major depression differed from those with minor depression not only on number and severity of depressive symptoms but also on race/ethnicity, comorbid psychiatric illnesses, dyspnea, life stressors, social support, and previous antidepressant therapy. CHF/CPD patients with major and minor depression have distinct psychosocial and physical characteristics that distinguish one from another.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Koenig, HG; Vandermeer, J; Chambers, A; Burr-Crutchfield, L; Johnson, JL

Published Date

  • July 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 296 - 303

PubMed ID

  • 16844887

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16844887

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-3182

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/appi.psy.47.4.296


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England