Using interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) to treat depression in older primary care patients Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Depressive Disorder, Major
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Primary Health Care
  • Psychotherapy

abstract

  • Depression in older adults is associated with substantial morbidity as well as mortality related to both suicide and nonsuicide causes. Lessening the burden of untreated depression in the elderly requires a flexible approach to treatment that incorporates the patient's life circumstances and treatment preferences. Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited, evidence-based psychosocial intervention used to treat depression either alone or in combination with medication. Familiarity with its features and use can assist geriatric clinicians in optimizing outcomes for their patients with depression.

publication date

  • March 2008

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 18312024

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 18

end page

  • 28

volume

  • 63

number

  • 3