Depression and related factors in older people in China: a systematic review

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China has an increasing ageing population. Depression, as one of the most common problems in older people, is a concern that merits attention. This paper reviewed published studies of the prevalence of depression and its related factors in older people in China. Seventeen papers were identified by searching the following electronic databases: Web of Science, PsycINFO, MEDLINE, PubMed, CINAHL, China Academic Journal and VIP Database for Chinese Technical Periodicals. Whilst prevalence varied across studies, health status, social support, financial status, living arrangements and some demographic factors were consistently related to older people's depression. Further well-designed studies are needed to explore depression in older people in China to identify more culture-specific contributors to maximize well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-67
Number of pages16
JournalReviews in Clinical Gerontology
Issue number1
Early online date16 Nov 2011
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


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