Service provision for elderly depressed persons and political and professional awareness for this subject: a comparison of six European countries
Article first published online: 9 APR 2003
Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume 18, Issue 5, pages 392–401, May 2003
How to Cite
Bramesfeld, A. (2003), Service provision for elderly depressed persons and political and professional awareness for this subject: a comparison of six European countries. Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry, 18: 392–401. doi: 10.1002/gps.841
- Issue published online: 9 APR 2003
- Article first published online: 9 APR 2003
- depression of late-life;
- mental health services;
- public health;
- health policy
Under-treatment of depression in late-life is a subject of rising public health concern throughout Europe. This study investigates and compares the availability of services for depressed elderly persons in Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Additionally, it explores factors that might contribute to an adequate services supply for depressed elderly people.
Review of the literature and guide supported expert interviews. Analysis of the practice of care provision for depressed elderly persons and of indicators for political and professional awareness, such as university chairs, certification processes and political programmes in gerontopsychiatry.
Only Switzerland and the UK offer countrywide community-oriented services for depressed elderly persons. Clinical experience in treating depression in late-life is not regularly acquired in the vocational training of the concerned professionals. Indicators suggest that the ‘medical society’ and health politics in Switzerland and the UK regard psychiatric disease in the elderly more importantly than it is the case in the other investigated countries.
Service provision for depressed elderly persons seems to be more elaborated and better available in countries where gerontopsychiatry is institutionalised to a greater extend in the ‘medical society’ and health politics. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.