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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina Humana

Print version ISSN 1814-5469On-line version ISSN 2308-0531

Abstract

PONCE-TORRES, Christian et al. Prevalence and factors associated with depressive symptomatology in older adults of the “micaela bastidas” health center, Lima-Peru. Rev. Fac. Med. Hum. [online]. 2020, vol.20, n.2, pp.233-239. ISSN 1814-5469.  http://dx.doi.org/10.25176/rfmh.v20i2.2881.

Objective

: To evaluate the factors associated with depression in older adults in a marginal urban area of Peru.

Methods

: It is a cross-sectional analytical study in adults over 60 years of age in a marginal urban area of Lima. The dependent variable was evaluated using the 15-items geriatric depression scale, considering presence of depression with a score ≥ 6. The factors associated with depression were calculated using raw and adjusted prevalence ratios with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) using poisson regressions with robust variance.

Results

: Of the 142 older adults (age: 70.4 ± 8.14 years), the prevalence of the presence of depression was 55.6% (women: 39.6% and men: 53.4%). The education (RPa: 1.40, 95% CI: 1.04 - 1.88) and not currently working status (RPa: 1.50, 95% CI: 1.09 - 2.05) were associated factors that increased the prevalence of depression.

Conclusion

: The prevalence of depression in older adults in a marginal urban area of Peru was high. Older adults who did not complete their schooling and did not work were more likely to develop depression.

Keywords : Depression; Frail elderly; Aged; Primary prevention (source: MeSH NLM)..

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