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Depression and dementia are two of the most common mental health conditions in nursing homes. Screening for these conditions does not have to be difficult or time consuming, but doing it can significantly improve the health of nursing home residents. The WHO-Five for depression and the Mini-Mental Status Exam are both sensitive, specific, and time-sensitive. Using these screening in a nursing home in rural Vermont helped improve the accuracy of patient records and impacted medical care.
depression, dementia, nursing home, screening, mental health, long term care facility, Vermont
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Medical Education | Primary Care | Psychiatric and Mental Health
Breen, Meghan, "Mental Health Screening in Nursing Homes" (2015). Family Medicine Block Clerkship, Student Projects. 85.