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Depression Among Seniors in Residential Care

May 3, 2010

This Analysis in Brief by the Canadian Institute for Health Information looks at symptoms and diagnoses of depression in a sample of nearly 50,000 seniors living in 550 Canadian residential care facilities (also known as long-term care, nursing or personal care homes) in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. Relationships between depression and medical conditions, functional and social factors, quality of life and use of health services are explored, comparing those who have symptoms and/or a diagnosis of depression with other residents. The analysis concludes with a discussion of opportunities to improve the quality of care for seniors with symptoms of depression using new information available from the CCRS at CIHI.

View the full report on the Canadian Institute for Health Information website.

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