Measurement of depression in dementia: Self vs clinician rating
Version of Record online: 13 OCT 2004
Copyright © 1992 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume 7, Issue 12, pages 899–904, December 1992
How to Cite
Ott, B. R. and Fogel, B. S. (1992), Measurement of depression in dementia: Self vs clinician rating. Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry, 7: 899–904. doi: 10.1002/gps.930071209
- Issue online: 13 OCT 2004
- Version of Record online: 13 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 JUN 1992
- Manuscript Received: 3 FEB 1992
- Alzheimer's disease
The presence of depression was evaluated in a cross-section of 50 outpatients with dementia using the self-rated Geriatric Depression Scale and the clinician-rated Cornell Depression Scale. Impaired insight, as manifested by unawareness of dementia, correlated with dementia severity and discriminated a group of patients in whom the self-rated scale failed to show evidence of depression. Discrepancy between the two types of scales occurred among mildly as well as moderately demented patients when insight was impaired. Recognition of this discrepancy suggests that reliance on self-ratings may underestimate the presence and degree of depression among patients with dementia.