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Year : 1992  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41-45

Physical Illnesses Among Elderly Psychiatric Out- Patients with Depression

1 Senior Medical Officer, Department of Neurology, JIPMER, Pondicherry - 605 006, India
2 Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, AllMS, New Delhi - 110 029, India
3 Professor, Department of Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi -110 029, India
4 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, New Delhi -110 029, India
5 Professor, Department of Nuclear Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi -110 029, India

Correspondence Address:
Sagar S Ratakonda
Senior Medical Officer, Department of Neurology, JIPMER, Pondicherry - 605 006
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Forty elderly psychiatric out-patients with an ICD-9 diagnosis of depression and twenty matched controls were studied for the presence of physical illnesses, using a pre-defined battery of investigative techniques. While the prevalence of physical illness diagnosis was not significantly different between the two groups, the number of subjects with undiagnosed illnesses and those with multiple illnesses was significantly higher among the depressives. Among specific illnesses, hypertension, osteoarthritis and cataract were significantly more common among depressives. Significance of the findings is discussed.



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