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Depression and Increased Health Services Utilization Among Elderly Primary Care Patients

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Soroka University Medical Center Identifier:
First received: January 18, 2006
Last updated: May 24, 2007
Last verified: May 2007
The increase in life expectancy in the 21st century has resulted in a major growth in the prevalence of age-related diseases and conditions. Depression has been found to be the most prevalent among the various mental disorders in later life. It was emphasized that depression in the elderly is a persistent or recurrent disorder resulting from psychosocial stress or physiologic effects of disease and can lead to disability, cognitive impairments, intensified symptoms of other medical conditions and increased utilization of health care services. Due to the rapidly aging population, depression is a serious public health concern that has a great impact on quality of life and may lay a considerable burden on the health care systems. However depression among the elderly may prove to be hard to diagnose since in aged persons depressive symptoms are often masked by somatic complaints or by cognitive impairments. Consequently depression is often under diagnosed and the patients continue to visit constantly the nurse or the physician without getting an adequate answer to their problem. For that reason over utilization of health care services may be an indicator to the presence of undiagnosed depression. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationships between socio-demographic variables, high primary care utilization and depressive symptomatology among aged patients.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Allocation: Random Sample
Observational Model: Natural History
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Time Perspective: Prospective

Further study details as provided by Soroka University Medical Center:

Estimated Enrollment: 450
Study Start Date: April 2006
Study Completion Date: December 2006
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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:-

  • Age 65 or older,
  • Clalit health organization client
  • Outpatient
  • Hebrew or English or Russian speaker
  • Living in Beer Sheva

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known diagnosis of depression, major depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, dementia or substance abuse
  • Current acute illness
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00279526

Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Beer- Sheva, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Soroka University Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Yan Press, MD Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  More Information Identifier: NCT00279526     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: sor417105ctil
Study First Received: January 18, 2006
Last Updated: May 24, 2007

Keywords provided by Soroka University Medical Center:
Health services utilization
Primary Care

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on August 18, 2017