Research Article| Volume 283, ISSUE 1-2, P69-72, August 15, 2009

Assessing depression outcome in patients with moderate dementia: Sensitivity of the HoNOS65+ scale

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      To date, there is no widely accepted clinical scale to monitor the evolution of depressive symptoms in demented patients. We assessed the sensitivity to treatment of a validated French version of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scale (HoNOS) 65+ compared to five routinely used scales. Thirty elderly inpatients with ICD-10 diagnosis of dementia and depression were evaluated at admission and discharge using paired t-test. Using the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) “depressive mood” item as gold standard, a receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) analysis assessed the validity of HoNOS65+F “depressive symptoms” item score changes. Unlike Geriatric Depression Scale, Mini Mental State Examination and Activities of Daily Living scores, BPRS scores decreased and Global Assessment Functioning Scale score increased significantly from admission to discharge. Amongst HoNOS65+F items, “behavioural disturbance”, “depressive symptoms”, “activities of daily life” and “drug management” items showed highly significant changes between the first and last day of hospitalization. The ROC analysis revealed that changes in the HoNOS65+F “depressive symptoms” item correctly classified 93% of the cases with good sensitivity (0.95) and specificity (0.88) values. These data suggest that the HoNOS65+F “depressive symptoms” item may provide a valid assessment of the evolution of depressive symptoms in demented patients.


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