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Title: Prevalence of depression and use of antidepressant medication at 5-years poststroke in the North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study
Authors: Sturm, Jonathan ;Paul, S.L.;Dewey, H.M.;Macdonell, R.A.;Thrift, A.G.
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Source: Volume 37, Issue 11, pp. 2854 - 2855
Journal title: Stroke
Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There are few data on the prevalence or treatment of depression from unselected populations long-term poststroke. We assessed the prevalence of depression and antidepressant use at 5-years poststroke in an unselected stroke population. METHODS: Five-year survivors from a prospective community-based stroke incidence study were assessed for depression with the Irritability, Depression and Anxiety Scale. Medications indicated primarily for treatment of depression were recorded. RESULTS: At 5-years poststroke, 441 (45%) of 978 incident cases were alive (mean age=74+/-15 years, 49% female). Seventeen percent of those assessed were depressed. Twenty-two percent with depression were taking an antidepressant medication. Of those taking an antidepressant, 72% were not depressed. CONCLUSIONS: Although nearly one-fifth of survivors were depressed, few were taking antidepressants. Further exploration of this low level of treatment is warranted.
ISSN: 1524-4628
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Stroke
Mental Health
Appears in Collections:Neurology

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