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Five-Item Geriatric Depression Scale

Aka: Five-Item Geriatric Depression Scale
  1. See Also
    1. Geriatric Depression Scale
    2. Geriatric Depression
  2. Criteria: Questions (abnormal or positive answers in parentheses)
    1. Are you basically satisfied with your life? (No)
    2. Do you often get bored? (Yes)
    3. Do you often feel helpless? (Yes)
    4. Do you prefer to stay at home rather than going out and doing new things? (Yes)
    5. Do you feel pretty worthless the way you are now? (Yes)
  3. Interpretation
    1. Two positive answers suggests depression
  4. Efficacy
    1. Test Sensitivity: 97%
    2. Test Specificity: 85%
    3. As effective as the Fifteen-Item Geriatric Depression Scale
  5. References
    1. Hoyl (1999) J Am Geriatr Soc 47(7): 873-8 [PubMed]

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