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A survey of emergency department patients showed that30% of the 752 subjects had suffered from depression in the past year. These people were also more likely to be middle-aged females of a lower socioeconomic status. These results mean that it would be useful to utilize a simple test to diagnose at risk patients with depression who come to emergency departments and thus ensure they receive treatment.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Academic Emergency Medicine Vol 11, No. 12, 1284-1289
About: 30 percent of emergency department patients report depression during the past year
Date: 1 December 2004
Source: Academic Emergency Medicine Vol 11, No. 12, 1284-1289
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