National Guidelines for Seniors' Mental Health: The Assessment and Treatment of Depression
Background of issue:
Depression is the most common mental health problem for older adults and has profound negative impacts on all aspects of their life, not to mention the impact on family and the community. Despite its prevalence, depression should not be considered a normal part of aging. It is important that clinicians be aware of the prevalence of depression, the challenges of diagnosis and the complexity of caring for older adults who are often also medically ill. It is also vital that clinicians realize that depression in the elderly is treatable and that treatment can result in major functional, social and health gains.
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Learn more about how the Assessment and Treatment of Depression guideline is being implemented throughout Canada in a variety of innovative pilot projects.
The Depression Guideline Development Group included the following members:
|Dr. Diane Buchanan||Co-chair||Nursing|
|Dr. Marie-France Tourigny-Rivard||Co-chair||Psychiatry|
|Dr. Philippe Cappelliez||Group Member||Psychology|
|Dr. Chris Frank||Group Member||Family Medicine|
|Pronica Janikowski||Group Member||Pharmacy|
|Lily Spanjevic||Group Member||Nursing|
|Dr. Alastair Flint||Consultant||Psychiatry|
|Dr. Nathan Herrmann||Consultant||Psychiatry|