Depression and care-dependency in Parkinsons disease: Results from a nationwide study of 1449 outpatients
Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 06/01/2012
Riede o et al. – Depressed patients with antidepressive treatment still had significantly higher Parkinson’s disease (PD) severity, higher Montgomery–Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) and Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS)–IV scores but were not more likely to be care–dependent than non–depressed patients. Older age, longer duration and increased severity of PD contribute to care–dependency in patients with untreated depression. Treatment of depression is associated with lower rates of care–dependency.