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Epidemiology of Late-Life Mood Disorders: rates, measures, and populations 

Epidemiology of Late-Life Mood Disorders: rates, measures, and populations
Epidemiology of Late-Life Mood Disorders: rates, measures, and populations

Patricia Marino

and Jo Anne Sirey

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date: 04 December 2021

The reported rates of late life mood disorders vary across studies with a number of factors that contribute to the identification and documentation of late life mood disorders. Factors include variability in the definition of mood disorders, measures used to evaluate depression and settings from which data is collected. In this chapter we review the rates of reported later life mood disorders with particular attention paid to the assessment methods used and the populations sampled. This focus represents the increasing move out into the ‘community’ and the increased efforts to detect the prevalence of later life mood disorders in settings that support older persons.

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