Elderly depressed patients: what are their views on treatment options?

T Kuruvilla, CD Fenwick, Mohammad Haque, Christopher Vassilas

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The aim of this study was to explore attitudes of elderly patients with depression receiving secondary psychiatric care towards different types of treatment for depression. One hundred patients, recruited from a large teaching hospital in Birmingham, were subjected to structured interviews at which their attitudes towards the effectiveness, likelihood of causing side-effects and acceptability of anti-depressant medication, ECT and psychotherapy were measured on a five-point Likert scale. Psychotherapy was considered both effective and acceptable by our patients although it is not widely available across the UK. Anti-depressants were also considered to be effective and acceptable although likely to cause side-effects. However, our patients did not think highly of ECT, either in its effectiveness or acceptability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-206
Number of pages3
JournalAging & Mental Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2006


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