Geriatric Depression Scale


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Geriatric Depression Scale

A 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.
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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.
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Geriatric Depression Scale

Abbreviation: GDS
A 30-item questionnaire to screen for depression in older adults, e.g., when they first become eligible for Medicare.
See also: scale
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The Turkish version of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) was used to determine depression in older adults.15,16 When the cut-off point was accepted as 14 (0-13 depressive signs absent; 14 and over depressive signs present) for this scale, sensitivity and specificity were found as 0.90, 0.94, respectively.17 Therefore, the cut-off point was also accepted as 14 for this study.
Geriatric Depression Scale. The GDS (Yesavage et al., 1983) comprises 30 questions with a dichotomous yes/no response scored to indicate the presence of depressive symptoms.
The subject started with a 0 on the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and ended with a 0, signifying no signs of depression initially or at the end of the treatment sessions.
In measuring the level of depressive symptoms, subjective self reporting tools such as the Geriatric Depression Scale, Beck Depression Inventory, Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale and Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia are used.
A researcher-administered questionnaire was utilized in the study consisting of the following parts: Part I includes personal data such as age, highest educational attainment, marital status of the respondent; Part II contains the Self-esteem Scale, Part III contains the Berlin Social Support Scale and Part IV has the Geriatric Depression Scale.
Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS): This screening instrument includes 30 items evaluating the level of depressive symptoms within the last week.
The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) (Yesavage & Brink, 1983), a commonly used self-report measure, was utilized to assess depressive symptoms.
Research (16) has shown that the five-item version of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) developed by Hoyl et al (17) is a quick and effective screening tool.

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