Which depression rating scale is used for older patients with dementia?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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In older patients with established dementia, the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia (see the image below) can be used to determine the category and severity of depression. The clinician completes the scale on the basis of prior observation and interviews with the patient and the patient’s caregiver.

Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia. Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia.

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