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Treating depression and pain together best for older patients

from Psychiatry Advisor

Late-life depression affects adults aged 60 years and older and is associated with increased healthcare utilization and costs, reduced quality of life, poorer prognosis for comorbid conditions, lower survival rates, and suicide. Approximately 5 percent of community-dwelling older adults are estimated to be affected by depression; the prevalence increases to 10 percent among those with medical comorbidities in primary care settings and as high as 35 percent after critical care hospitalizations. more

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