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Geriatric Depression Scale (Short Form) Cheat Sheet by

Determining depression in geriatric adults
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Introd­uction

15-item screening tool used to identify depression in older adults
Used with healthy, medically ill and mild to moderately cognit­ively impaired adults
Extensively used in community, acute and long-term care settings
Easy to administer and score
Same “yes/no” format as the LF (Long Form)
Takes ~ 5-7 minutes to administer
Public domain – many languages
The GDS-SF is a subset of 15 questions from the original GDS-LF with the highest correl­ation with depressive symptoms
Data supports the SF as an adequate substitute for the LF

Questions: Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS_SF)

Ques­tion
Answer
Score
1. Are you basically satisfied with your life?
Yes/No
2. Have you dropped many of your activities and interests?
Yes/No
3. Do you feel that your life is empty?
Yes/No
4. Do you often get bored?
Yes/No
5. Are you in good spirits most of the time?
Yes/No
6. Are you afraid that something bad is going to happen to you?
Yes/No
7. Do you feel happy most of the time?
Yes/No
8. Do you often feel helpless?
Yes/No
9. Do you prefer to stay at home, rather than going out and doing new things?
Yes/No
10. Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most people?
Yes/No
11. Do you think it is wonderful to be alive?
Yes/No
12. Do you feel pretty worthless the way you are now?
Yes/No
13. Do you feel full of energy?
Yes/No
14. Do you feel that your situation is hopeless?
Yes/No
15. Do you think that most people are better off than you are?
Yes/No
 
Total
_____
Instru­ctions: Choose the best answer for how you felt over the past week. Note: when asking the patient to complete the form, provide the self-rated form
 

GDS-SF

How to Score

Answers indicating depression are in bold; score one point for each bolded answer.
A score of 0 to 5 is normal
A score > 5 suggests depres­sion
A score ≥ 10 is almost always indicative of depres­sion

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