Geriatric Depression Scale


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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 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.

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 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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