College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles

Title

Depressive symptoms in Alzheimer's disease. An examination among community-dwelling Cuban American patients.

ISBN or ISSN

1064-7481

Publication Title

American journal of geriatric psychiatry

Volume

8

Issue

1

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1-1-2000

First Page

84

Last Page

91

Abstract

The authors examined the prevalence and clinical correlates of mood disturbance in 96 Cuban American (CA) Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. Depression (Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia score > or = 7) was evident in 39.6% of the participants and showed associations with comorbid psychosis, lower education, and decreased length of residence in the United States, a measure of acculturation. Mood disturbance was not related to age, gender, marital status, cognitive dysfunction, functional impairment, history of significant alcohol use, or coexisting medical conditions. The results of this investigation suggest that signs and symptoms of depression are common neuropsychiatric disturbances in CA AD patients residing in the community.

Disciplines

Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy

Keywords

Acculturation, Aged, Alzheimer Disease, Catchment Area (Health), Community Mental Health Services, Comorbidity, Cross-Sectional Studies, Cuba, Depression, Female, Hispanic Americans, Humans, Male, Prevalence, Psychotic Disorders, Risk Factors, Severity of Illness Index, United States

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