Geriatric Depression Scale
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Related to Geriatric Depression Scale: Beck Depression Inventory, Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia, geriatric psychiatry
Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)
a brief depression screening inventory composed of 30 items that require yes or no answers. A score of 11 or above indicates depressed individuals. There is a 15-item short version. Scores of 5 or more may indicate depression.
Geriatric Depression ScaleA 30-item self-assessment tool used to identify depression in the elderly, in which all of the questions are answered as yes/no. The simplicity of the GDS allows it to be used with ill or moderately cognitively impaired individuals.
Ger·i·at·ric De·pres·sion Scale(GDS) (jer'ē-at'rik dĕ-presh'ŭn skāl)
A self-administered tool of assessment, with 30 questions, used to determine the presence of long-term depression in old people; higher scores indicate increased disability.
Geriatric Depression ScaleAbbreviation: GDS
A 30-item questionnaire to screen for depression in older adults, e.g., when they first become eligible for Medicare.
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