Year: 1994 Source: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, v.8, no.2, (April 1994), p.124-136 SIEC No: 19940535

Evidence shows that depressive symptoms, when combined with medical illness, have additive effects on patient function & well-being, in addition to raising the older person’s risk of death from suicide as well as nonsuicidal causes. The focus of this article is a synthesis of the existing knowledge of depression in elderly hospital patients with a medical illness. An evolving concept of depression that is amenable to clinical nursing research with this population is described. (53 refs.)