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Geriatric Depression

Title: Geriatric Depression: Do Older Persons Have a Right to Be Unhappy?.
Name(s): Kapp, Marshall B., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2002
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Clinical depression is a serious medical problem in the older population. Although it is considered to be highly treatable, physicians and other health care professionals often are criticized for doing an inadequate job of recognizing, and then treating, depression in older persons. They are routinely exhorted to improve their performance by being more aggressive in recognizing and intervening with this clinical condition. Yet, the mandate to provide aggressive treatment of depression is not always uncontroversial. Rather, medical intervention for older patients may raise a number of challenging legal, as well as ethical, questions. Using a case example, this article outlines some of the salient legal issues implicated by an older person's right to be and act depressed and the exceptions to that right.
Identifier: FSU_migr_medlawcenter_publications-0002 (IID)
Keywords: elders, depression, involuntary treatment, ethics, case study, chronic illness
Note: Originally published in Elder Law Review
Citation: Kapp, MB. (2002). Geriatric depression: Do older persons have a right to be unhappy? Elder Law Review, Vol. 1.
Subject(s): Older people -- Legal status, laws, etc
Professional ethics
Medical laws and legislation
Legal services
Medical sciences
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Medicine & Law Publications.
Is Part Of: Elder Law Review.
Issue: 1

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Kapp, M. B. (2002). Geriatric Depression: Do Older Persons Have a Right to Be Unhappy? Elder Law Review. Retrieved from