Agency Tests Protocol for Depression Screening and Referral for Adult Day Center Clients

Developing a protocol for depression screening and referral at adult day centers

From 2001 to 2002, staff at North Country Aging Services in Edina, Minn., collaborated with four adult day centers to develop and test a screening and referral protocol for depression among elderly clients.

Key Results

  • Project staff developed the protocol for depression screening, referral and ongoing monitoring of elderly adult day center clients.

Key Findings

  • Of 82 clients screened, 25 tested positive for depression.

  • After referral of the 25 positively diagnosed clients to their personal physicians for additional screening:

    • Eight again tested as depressed and seven of these started on antidepressants.
    • An additional eight of the clients changed from positive assessments for depression to negative.