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Psychiatry in the Elderly

Bridle C, Spanjers K, Patel S et al.

University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.

 Br J Psychiatry 2012;201:180–5.

Editor’s note: Depression in individuals aged ≥60 years is predicted to become the second highest cause of disease burden by 2020, at which time 20% of the Western population will be in this age category. Depression in older people is associated with increased somatic morbidity and premature mortality by natural causes, as well as greater healthcare consumption. Pharmacological treatment of depression is often complicated by an increased prevalence of medication side-effects, polypharmacy, and poor adherence to treatment. Therefore, non-pharmacological treatment modalities, if feasible and effective in this population, are of clinical importance.

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