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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.
Austin 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
Issue Date: 28-Sep-2006
Publication information: 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.
Gov't Doc #: 17008624
DOI: 10.1161/01.STR.0000244806.05099.52
Journal: Stroke
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Antidepressive Agents.therapeutic use
Cohort Studies
Depressive Disorder.drug therapy.epidemiology.psychology
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Stroke.drug therapy.epidemiology.psychology
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