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Title: Comparison of the prevalence and risk factors for depressive symptoms among elderly nursing home residents in Taiwan and Hong Kong
Authors: Tsai, YF
Chung, JWY
Wong, TKS
Huang, CM
Keywords: Chinese
Depressive symptoms
Elderly
Nursing home
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Source: International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 2005, v. 20, no. 4, p. 315-321 How to cite?
Journal: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 
Abstract: Background: Depression in the elderly has become a serious health care issue worldwide. However, no studies have compared the prevalence and risk factors for depressive symptoms among institutionalized Chinese elders living in different regions. Objectives: To explore and compare the prevalence and risk factors for depressive symptoms among elderly residents of nursing homes in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Methods: Random sampling was used to recruit participants from eight nursing homes in each region. A total of 150 elders from Taiwan and 214 elders from Hong Kong participated. Results: The prevalence of depressive symptoms was significantly higher in participants from Hong Kong (65.4%) than in Taiwan (43.3%). Logistic regression analysis indicated that gender, satisfaction with living situation, perceived health condition, and perceived income adequacy significantly predicted depressive symptoms in elderly nursing home residents in Taiwan. Significant predictors of depressive symptoms in the Hong Kong sample were satisfaction with living situation, cognitive status, and functional status. Conclusions: It is important to consider risk factors specific to a target population when developing depression intervention programs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/23425
ISSN: 0885-6230
DOI: 10.1002/gps.1281
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