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Depression in Long-Term Care 

Depression in Long-Term Care
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Depression in Long-Term Care
Author(s):

Christina Hui

and David L. Sultzer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199796816.003.0027
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date: 20 January 2020

Depression is common in long-term care settings, particularly among the nursing home population. The nursing home is a unique venue in which to provide psychiatric care. The characteristics of the LTC population, the psychosocial environment, and federal legislation are all factors that influence delivery and subsequent outcomes of mental health services in the nursing home. This chapter reviews the epidemiology, assessment, and treatment of depression in the context of the nursing home. The role of the mental health consultant and the changing nature of LTC are also discussed.

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