Researchers observed significant racial and ethnic differences in late-life depression severity, item-level symptom burden and depression care among older adults after adjusting for numerous confounders, according to results of a cross-sectional study published in JAMA Network Open.
“Our findings were in line with prior reports of higher depression severity among minority older adults, although this study is one of the largest to date,” Olivia I. Okereke, MD, SM, of the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, told Healio Psychiatry. “However, it was particularly novel that we saw differences by racial/ethnic group in the specific features of depression. This is potentially important because it has implications for understanding health disparities. For example, if some groups are more likely to endorse certain symptoms or features of depression (ie, loss of interest and trouble concentrating) but not others (ie, feeling sad), then it is possible that their depression could go unrecognized or undertreated.”
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