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|Title:||Prevalence of depression and use of antidepressant medication at 5-years poststroke in the North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study.|
|Authors:||Paul, Seana L;Dewey, Helen M;Sturm, Jonathan W;Macdonell, Richard A L;Thrift, Amanda G|
National Stroke Research Institute, Austin Health, Heidelberg Heights, Victoria, Australia
|Citation:||Stroke; A Journal of Cerebral Circulation 2006; 37(11): 2854-5|
|Abstract:||There are few data on the prevalence or treatment of depression from unselected populations long-term poststroke. We assessed the prevalence of depression and antidepressant use at 5-years poststroke in an unselected stroke population.Five-year survivors from a prospective community-based stroke incidence study were assessed for depression with the Irritability, Depression and Anxiety Scale. Medications indicated primarily for treatment of depression were recorded.At 5-years poststroke, 441 (45%) of 978 incident cases were alive (mean age=74+/-15 years, 49% female). Seventeen percent of those assessed were depressed. Twenty-two percent with depression were taking an antidepressant medication. Of those taking an antidepressant, 72% were not depressed.Although nearly one-fifth of survivors were depressed, few were taking antidepressants. Further exploration of this low level of treatment is warranted.|
|Internal ID Number:||17008624|
Aged, 80 and over
Antidepressive Agents.therapeutic use
Depressive Disorder.drug therapy.epidemiology.psychology
|Appears in Collections:||Journal articles|
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