There is a review article titled ‘Depression in Older Adults’ by Fiske and colleagues which is freely available here. The authors of the article are from the departments of psychology, psychiatry and epidemiology which is reflected in the breadth of material covered. This is a structured review – the content is well organised and as is typical for reviews of this nature there is no stated methodology or analysis of aggregated statistical results although this would more likely fit under the remit of a meta-analysis. However this type of review is able to give the reader a rapid overview of the subject area and to form the basis for further exploration. The review was first published in 2009. The authors cover a number of relevant areas including aetiology, clinical features, risk factors, protective factors and treatments. The relative importance of bereavement is emphasised within the review and the section on protective factors with a view to prevention is very interesting. The authors also include a summary. There is a lot of practical material here which is able to give the reader good insight into this subject area.
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