John J. Schwab, M.D.; Judith M. Brown, M.A.; Charles E. Holzer, B.A.; Martin R. Bialow, M.D.
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Because depression may exist concurrently with medical illness, detecting those patients whose emotional distress requires special attention is a complicated task for both internists and psychiatrists—misdiagnosis is a constant hazard. This clinical investigation with 153 medical inpatients (73% of all admissions during 6 consecutive weeks) assessed the frequency, ascertained important relationships with medical illness, analyzed the diagnostic value of 36 conventional depressive symptoms, and uncovered significant demographic differences. Depression was measured by four indexes: clinical diagnoses, the Beck Depression Inventory, the Hamilton Rating Scale, and psychiatrists' ratings.
Results showed that at least 20% of these patients were depressed. Depression varied
Schwab JJ, Brown JM, Holzer CE, et al. Depression in General Medical Inpatients.. Ann Intern Med. 1967;66:1068. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-5-1068_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(5):1068.
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