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released: 16 Oct 2013 author: AIHW media release

Entry into residential aged care can be a challenging experience and the presence of depression can add to this challenge. This report provides the first in-depth review of available administrative data to explore the prevalence and characteristics of people with symptoms of depression in residential aged care. In 2012, over half (52%) of all permanent residential aged care residents had symptoms of depression. Between 2008 and 2012, residents admitted to care for the first time who had symptoms of depression were more likely to have high care needs, and were more likely to have behaviours which impacted on care needs.

ISSN 1329-5705; ISBN 978-1-74249-500-2; Cat. no. AGE 73; 62pp.; $13

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Contents
    • Title and verso page
    • Acknowledgements
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • Introduction
    • Distribution of Cornell Scale for Depression scores
    • Prevalence in permanent aged care residents
    • Prevalence in newly-admitted residents
    • Care characteristics
    • Reappraisals and changes in depression symptom severity
    • Discussion
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Additional tables
    • Appendix B: Technical notes
    • Appendix C: Data quality statement-Aged Care Funding
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Supplementary material
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Depression in residential aged care 2008-2012. Aged care statistics series no. 39. Cat. no. AGE 73. Canberra: AIHW.

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