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Improvement in activities of daily living in elderly following treatment for post-bereavement depression

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Objective: To determine if elderly bereaved depressed subjects display difficulty with activities of daily living (ADL) and if their ADL difficulty improves with psychopharmacologic intervention.

Method: The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), an ADL assessment measuring ADL motor and ADL process skills, was administered to a pilot sample of elderly persons with post-bereavement depression prior to psychopharmacologic intervention and subsequently during treatment response.

Results: In the pretreatment phase, subjects displayed difficulty with ADL motor and ADL process skills that significantly improved during the treatment response phase.

Conclusion: Results suggest that elderly bereaved depressed individuals demonstrated ADL difficulty that responds positively to psychopharmacologic intervention.

Keywords: activities of daily living; antidepressant treatment

Document Type: Short Communication


Affiliations: 1: Occupational Therapy Section, Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD, USA, 2: Geriatric Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, USA, 3: Nursing Department, Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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