Improvement in activities of daily living in elderly following treatment for post-bereavement depression
Version of Record online: 4 APR 2002
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 105, Issue 3, pages 231–234, March 2002
How to Cite
Oakley, F. , Khin, N. A. , Parks, R. , Bauer, L. and Sunderland, T. (2002), Improvement in activities of daily living in elderly following treatment for post-bereavement depression. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 105: 231–234. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0447.2002.1sc021.x
- Issue online: 4 APR 2002
- Version of Record online: 4 APR 2002
- activities of daily living;
- antidepressant treatment
Objective: To determine if elderly bereaved depressed subjects display difficulty with activities of daily living (ADL) and if their ADL difficulty improves with psychopharmacologic intervention.
Method: The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), an ADL assessment measuring ADL motor and ADL process skills, was administered to a pilot sample of elderly persons with post-bereavement depression prior to psychopharmacologic intervention and subsequently during treatment response.
Results: In the pretreatment phase, subjects displayed difficulty with ADL motor and ADL process skills that significantly improved during the treatment response phase.
Conclusion: Results suggest that elderly bereaved depressed individuals demonstrated ADL difficulty that responds positively to psychopharmacologic intervention.