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Preliminary experience with the SELFCARE (D)
 — a self-rating depression questionnaire for use in elderly, non-institutionalized subjects
Author(s)Anne S Bird, Alastair J D Macdonald, Anthony H Mann
Journal titleInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol 2, no 1, Jan-Feb 1987
Pagespp 31-38
KeywordsDepression ; Mental health [elderly] ; Evaluation.
AnnotationA new self-rating depression scale for use with elderly subjects in general practice - the SELFCARE (D) - was compared with independent psychiatric assessment in 75 patients attending general practitioners at two London practices. The sensitivity was 77%, specificity 98% and positive predictive value 96%; kappa was 077. This preliminary experience suggests that the SELFCARE (D) is an acceptable and economic tool for the study of depression in elderly patients in a primary care setting.
Accession NumberCPA-930723035
ClassmarkENR: D: 4C

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