2006, Number 4
Rev Neurol Neurocir Psiquiat 2006; 39 (4)
Castro LM, Ramírez ZS, Aguilar MLV, Díaz de AVM
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ABSTRACTIntroduction. Depression is a frequent suffering in the older adults on a worldwide. It is important to determine the risk factors to develop effective strategies to diagnose and treatment.
Method. A cross sectional-analytic study was carried out in 511 subjects of 60 years old and greater. Probable cases of depression were identified with the Geriatric scale of Yesavage and Brink and factors of risk associated utilizing the odds ratio.
Results. Prevalence of depression was of 41.7%; observing a strong risk to develop depression in the individuals exposed to low economically activities, lack of social support and absence of social groups, with an OR of 4.91, 3.96 and 3.14, respectively. Risk moderate in those with physical inactivity, economic dependence and female gender. Weak risk in those with multipathology and polypharmacy, and a protective action in those with disturbed family behavior.
Conclusions. Based on the results, is observed that the depression is a problem of public health in the older adults of the Army and Air Force of Mexico. Psychosocial risk has shown a greater force of association to develop depression.