Evaluating geriatric medical outpatients with the Beck depression inventory-fastscreen for medical patients

S. M. Scheinthal, R. A. Steer, L. Giffin, A. T. Beck

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Abstract

To ascertain how effective the seven-item Beck Depression Inventory-FastScreen for medical patients (BDI-FS) was in screening geriatric (> 55 years old) patients for depression, the BDI-FS and the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-S) were administered to 33 (44%) male and 42 (56%) female outpatients who were scheduled for routine office visits by physicians specializing in geriatric medicine. The internal consistency of the BDI-FS was high (coefficient alpha = 0.83), and it was positively correlated with the GDS-S, r = 0.81, p < 0.001. The BDI-FS scores were not related to sex, age, ethnicity, or type of medical diagnosis, but were positively correlated with a diagnosis of depression (r = 0.49, p < 0.001) and being prescribed an antidepressant (r = 0.55, p < 0.001). A BDI-FS cut-off score of four and above had 100% sensitivity and 84% specificity rates, respectively, for identifying patients who were and were not diagnosed with depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-148
Number of pages6
JournalAging and Mental Health
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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