PMID: 590060Dec 1, 1977

Depression in medical outpatients: use of the Zung scale

Diseases of the Nervous System
D RaftD Brogan

Abstract

Sixty-nine randomly selected medical outpatients were clinically evaluated for depressive illness. A Zung Self-Rating Depressive Scale (SDS) was also administered to each patient. The prevalence of depression in the sample was 42%. The SDS picked up 30% of those depressed while missing those whose depression was presented under the guise of somatic illness. The SDS is thus a suitable instrument only in screening of the non-depressed medical patients.

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