Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance consensus statement on the unmet needs in diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders in late life. Conference Paper Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aging
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Comorbidity
  • Depressive Disorder, Major
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Primary Health Care
  • Research
  • Risk Factors
  • United States

MeSH Major

  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Mood Disorders

abstract

  • To review progress made during the past decade in late-life mood disorders and to identify areas of unmet need in health care delivery and research. The Consensus Development Panel consisted of experts in late-life mood disorders, geriatrics, primary care, mental health and aging policy research, and advocacy. (1) Literature reviews addressing risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and delivery of services and (2) opinions and experiences of primary care and mental health care providers, policy analysts, and advocates. The Consensus Development Panel listened to presentations and participated in discussions. Workgroups considered the evidence and prepared preliminary statements. Workgroup leaders presented drafts for discussion by the Consensus Development Panel. The final document was reviewed and edited to incorporate input from the entire Consensus Development Panel. Despite the availability of safe and efficacious treatments, mood disorders remain a significant health care issue for the elderly and are associated with disability, functional decline, diminished quality of life, mortality from comorbid medical conditions or suicide, demands on caregivers, and increased service utilization. Discriminatory coverage and reimbursement policies for mental health care are a challenge for the elderly, especially those with modest incomes, and for clinicians. Minorities are particularly underserved. Access to mental health care services for most elderly individuals is inadequate, and coordination of services is lacking. There is an immediate need for collaboration among patients, families, researchers, clinicians, governmental agencies, and third-party payers to improve diagnosis, treatment, and delivery of services for elderly persons with mood disorders.

authors

publication date

  • July 2003

has subject area

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aging
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Comorbidity
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Depressive Disorder, Major
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mood Disorders
  • Primary Health Care
  • Research
  • Risk Factors
  • United States

Research

keywords

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Consensus Development Conference, NIH
  • Journal Article
  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archpsyc.60.7.664

PubMed ID

  • 12860770

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 664

end page

  • 672

volume

  • 60

number

  • 7