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Validated Prediction Model of Depression in Visually Impaired Older Adults

Published:January 08, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.11.028
      Subthreshold depression is highly prevalent in visually impaired older adults and an important risk factor for major depressive disorder.
      • van der Aa H.P.A.
      • Comijs H.C.
      • Penninx B.W.J.H.
      • et al.
      Major depressive and anxiety disorders in visually impaired older adults.
      For early diagnosis and treatment, it is important to identify patients who are at high risk of having subthreshold depression. Former research found inconsistent results and prediction models were never validated externally.
      • Casten R.
      • Rovner B.
      Update on depression in age-related macular degeneration.
      Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess comprehensively potential predictor variables by internally validating a prediction model for subthreshold depression in a European sample and validating this model externally in a comparable Australian sample.
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