Monday, 18 August 2003: 07:00-08:30
Chicago Sheraton Ballrooms (Sheraton Hotel and Towers)

S104 Treating Depresion in the Elderly Patient: Translating Empirical Data into Real-World Applications

Depression is one of the most overlooked and misdiagnosed conditions in the elderly. Since depression in later life frequently coexists with other medical illnesses and disabilities, many elderly patients do not seek psychiatric care on their own. Depression may also be misdiagnosed by clinicians, delaying effective treatment. The symposium entitled, Treating Depression in the Elderly Patient: Translating Empirical Data into Real World Applications, will examine treatment of depression in the geriatric patient. Methods of proper assessment and the risks and benefits of treating depression will be presented by a core faculty composed of experts in geriatric psychiatry. Physicians will also be presented with consequences of non-treatment, comparative treatment data, and economic information on depression in the elderly patient. Evidence shows that managing depression with appropriate medications can improve the patientís quality of life, improve functional status, and can reduce the risk of mortality. Such outcomes should be the desired goal of every clinician when managing geriatric depression.
Chair:Javaid I. Sheikh
 S104-001 The Burden of Depression and Consequences of Non-Treatment
Edmond Chiu
 S104-002 Translating Efficacy into Effectiveness
Javaid I. Sheikh
 S104-003 Comparing Treatment Data in Medically Comorbid Patients
P. Murali Doraiswamy
 S104-004 Economic Realities of Treating Depression

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