eCite Digital Repository

Prevalence of depression and use of antidepressant medication at 5 years post stroke in the North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study (NEMESIS)

Citation

Gall, SL and Dewey, HM and Sturm, JW and Macdonell, RAL and Thrift, AG, Prevalence of depression and use of antidepressant medication at 5 years post stroke in the North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study (NEMESIS), Stroke, 37, (11) pp. 2854-2855. ISSN 0039-2499 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1161/01.STR.0000244806.05099.52

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. © 2006 American Heart Association, Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Cardiovascular System and Diseases
Author:Gall, SL (Dr Seana Gall)
ID Code:48713
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2007-10-29
Last Modified:2012-03-01
Downloads:0

Repository Staff Only: item control page