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Dr. Charles F. Reynolds III discusses an overview on depression in older adults.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Specify the clinical significance of depression in older primary care patients with respect to health-related quality of life expectancy
  • Interpret the PHQ-9 screen results for clinical depression
  • List evidence-based strategies for achieving and sustaining of remission of depression in older adults

Reading Resources:

  1. Nelson JC, et al. Am J Geriatric Psychiatry. 2008;16:558-567.
  2. Lebowitz BD et al. JAMA, 1997, 278:1186; Lenze EJ et al. Am J Psychiatry, (Oct) 157:722 , 2000.
  3. Reynolds, Dew, Pollock, et al. N Engl J Med, 354(11):1130-1138,  2006.


Dr. Reynolds has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Research Support: Supported by the National Institutes of Health through Grant Numbers P60 MD000207; P30 MH090333; UL1RR024153, UL1TR000005; and the UPMC Endowment in Geriatric Psychiatry.  Other support sources include National Institute of Mental health (NIMH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Center for Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), John A. Hartford Foundation, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (for my services as associate editor)
  • Consultant: American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry Editorial Review Board
  • Other: Bristol Meyers Squibb, Forrest Labs, Lily, Pfizer provides pharmaceutical supplies for NIH-sponsored work.  (The pharmaceutical companies play no role in the design, analysis, or reporting of my data in peer reviewed journals.)

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 9/5/2013 | Last Modified On: 3/20/2015 | Expires: 3/21/2016

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