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Medical care of older persons in residential aged care facilities (Silver Book)

Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia

The Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia (CSDD) is designed for the assessment of depression in older people with dementia who can at least communicate basic needs. The CSDD differentiates between the diagnostic categories and severity of depression. It has been tested for reliability, sensitivity and validity on patients in community, hospital and aged care home settings. Scores are determined by a combination of prior observation and two interviews: 20 minutes with the carer and 10 minutes with the patient. Depressive symptoms are suggested by a total score of 8 or more.

Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia

Reprinted with permission. Alexopoulos GS, Abrams RC, Young RC, Shamoian CA. Cornell Scale For Depression in Dementia. Biological Psychiatry 1988;23:271–84

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