Depression and bipolar support alliance consensus statement on the unmet needs in diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders in late life Conference Paper uri icon


MeSH Major

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


  • 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.


publication date

  • July 2003



  • Conference Paper



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archpsyc.60.7.664

PubMed ID

  • 12860770

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 664

end page

  • 72


  • 60


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