Resources for the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment based
Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly

GDS

Geriatric Depression Scale

GDS-15 questions

Purpose : This is ideal for evaluating the clinical severity of depression, and therefore  for monitoring treatment.


Admin time :  20 min


User Friendly :  High


Administered by : Healthcare provider

 

Content : 15 questions pertaining to depression

 

Author :  Yesavage JA, 1983

Copyright :  Public domain

GDS-15

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GDS-15 online

GDS-4 questions

Purpose : The 4 item Geriatric Depression Scale is suitable as a screening test for depressive symptoms in the elderly


Admin time :  3 min

 
User Friendly :  High


Administered by : Health care provider or self administered

 

Content : 4 questions pertaining to depression

 

Author :  Sheikh JI, 1986

Copyright :  Public domain

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GDS-4

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GDS-4 - online

GDS-30 questions

Purpose : This is the original full length GDS for evaluating the clinical severity of depression.


Admin time :  45 min


User Friendly :  High


Administered by : Healthcare provider

 

Content : 30 questions pertaining to depression

 

Author :  Yesavage JA, 1983

Copyright :  Public domain

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GDS-30

GDS

 

Advantages:

  • free to use

  • requires very little training to administer

  • can be self-administered.

  • accurate at identifying depression in older people

  • translated into several languages

  • can be used in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer's with accuracy

Disadvantages: 

  • ​not substitute for a diagnostic interview by mental health professionals. It is a useful screening tool in the clinical setting to facilitate assessment of depression in older adults especially when baseline measurements are compared to subsequent scores.

  • does not assess for suicidality.

 

Accuracy : 

sensitivity 85.1% and specificity between 88.9% and 100% (Jongenelis K, 2005)

This Tool is used in Depression

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Depression is one of 4 sub-domains of the  

Psychological Assessment

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The Psychological Assessment is one of 8 domains of the

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)

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