II. Background

  1. Geriatric Depression screening tool
  2. Tool is currently in the public domain
  3. Intended for interviewer to ask the questions

III. Questions: Short Form (15 questions, Positive answer in parentheses)

  1. Are you basically satisfied with your life? (NO)
  2. Have you dropped many of your activities and interests? (YES)
  3. Do you feel your life is empty? (YES)
  4. Do you often get bored? (YES)
  5. Are you in good spirits most of the time? (NO)
  6. Are you afraid something bad is going to happen to you? (YES)
  7. Do you feel happy most of the time? (NO)
  8. Do you often feel helpless? (YES)
  9. Do you prefer to stay at home, rather than going out and doing new things? (YES)
  10. Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most? (YES)
  11. Do you think it is wonderful to be alive now? (NO)
  12. Do you feel pretty worthless the way you are now? (YES)
  13. Do you feel full of energy? (NO)
  14. Do you feel that your situation is hopeless? (YES)
  15. Do you think most people are better off than you? (YES)

IV. Interpretation

  1. Normal: 0 to 4
  2. Mild depression: 5 to 8
  3. Moderate depression: 8 to 11
  4. Severe depression: 12 to 15

VI. Resources

  1. Geriatric Depression Scale site
    1. http://www.stanford.edu/~yesavage/GDS.html

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Ontology: Geriatric depression scale (assessment scale) (C0451184)

Definition (NCI) A standardized rating scale developed by Yesavage et al in 1983, which is a self-report assessment used to identify depression in older adults. The questionnaire contains 30 items. All questions are answered 'yes' or 'no'.
Definition (NCI_CDISC) Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) (Yesavage JA, Brink TL, Rose TL, et al. Development and validation of a geriatric depression screening scale: a preliminary report. J Psychiatry Res. 1983;17(1):37-49).
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LNC LP62736-1, MTHU000183
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