4 Item Geriatric Depression Scale Suitable as a screening test for depressive symptoms in the elderly.

Ideal for evaluating the clinical severity of depression, and therefore for monitoring treatment. It is easy to administer, needs no prior psychiatric knowledge and has been well validated in many environments - home and clinical. INSTRUCTIONS Undertake the test orally. Obtain a clear yes or no answer. If necessary, repeat the question. Cross off either yes or no for each question (depressive answers are bold). Count up 1 for each depressive answer.
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Are you basically satisfied with your life? Yes No Do you feel that life is empty? Yes No Are you afraid that something bad is going to happen to you? Yes No Do you feel happy most of the time? Yes No

Cut off score of 1 / 2 indicates depression.

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