Older patients benefit from GPs getting depression education

The odds of clinically significant depression or self-harm behaviour in older adults dropped by 10% after GPs received targeted education which possibly lead to them being more empathetic, researchers said.

More than 370 GPs throughout Australia recruited nearly 22,000 patients aged over 60 years for the study, designed to determine the effects of a GP-targeted educational intervention on the prevalence of depression and suicidal ideation in later life.

Up to 10% of people in this age group experience clinical depression and, while fewer older people are inclined to suicidal