[Reasons for non-response of elderly Turkish, Moroccan and Dutch general practice patients on a postal depression screening]

V Simsek, K van der Kooij, D van Schaik, M de Haan, Harm Van Marwijk, H van Hout

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    Abstract

    BACKGROUND: Depression screening can improve identification and subsequent treatment of depression in general practice. Response of Turkish and Moroccan elderly is unknown. OBJECTIVES: (1) To assess the response of elderly Turkish and Moroccan general practice patients on a postal depression screening. (2) To trace reasons for non-response. METHOD: At 14 different primary care centres, elderly (55+) were screened with GDS-15. Turkish and Moroccan elderly were telephonically and house-to-house approached for tracing the reasons for non-response. RESULTS: Response rate Dutch elderly (n=6060; 62{\%}), Turks (n= 39; 31{\%}) and Moroccans (n=117; 34{\%}). Most important reason for non-response among Turkish elderly was "temporary other place of staying" (Turkey). Among Moroccans it was "illiteracy". CONCLUSION: Response is very low by elderly migrants compared to Dutch elderly. The reasons for non-response implicate that other means to approach migrants' sub-populations should be sought
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)243-246
    Number of pages4
    JournalTijdschr.Gerontol.Geriatr.
    Volume36
    Issue number0167-9228 (Print)
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

    Keywords

    • Aged
    • Cross-Cultural Comparison
    • Culture
    • Depression
    • Educational Status
    • English Abstract
    • Family Practice
    • Female
    • Geriatric Assessment
    • Humans
    • Male
    • Mass Screening
    • Morocco
    • Netherlands
    • Patients
    • Postal Service
    • Questionnaires
    • Turkey
    • diagnosis
    • ethnology
    • methods

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