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Poor dissociation of patient-evaluated apathy and depressive symptoms.

Njomboro P, Deb S - Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res (2012)

Bottom Line: Research on the relationship between apathy and depression has, however, produced mixed results.Patient-rated, and not informant-rated apathy significantly correlated with depression.We discuss the implication of these results on the relationship between the two neuropsychiatric conditions and also in relation to the utility of patient self-evaluations in apathy.

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Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town, Private Bag Rondebosch, Cape Town 7701, South Africa.

ABSTRACT
Apathy has traditionally been conceptualised as part of depression. The appropriateness of this conceptualisation has now been questioned, with the realization that apathy constitutes a distinct neuropsychiatric condition, with separate rehabilitation and patient-care implications to depression. Research on the relationship between apathy and depression has, however, produced mixed results. One reason for this inconsistency may lie behind who does the apathy evaluation. In this study we investigated whether the relationship between apathy and depression would differ when apathy was evaluated by the patients or an informant. A total of 49 brain damaged patients were assessed on self- and informant-rated Apathy Evaluation Scales. The relationship between the apathy scores and depressive symptoms was then investigated. Patient-rated, and not informant-rated apathy significantly correlated with depression. We discuss the implication of these results on the relationship between the two neuropsychiatric conditions and also in relation to the utility of patient self-evaluations in apathy.

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Distribution of self- and informant-rated levels of apathy.
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Mentions: Patient self ratings on the AES-S ranged from 20 to 57 (mean = 34.27, SD = 9.29). Informant ratings on the AES-I ranged from 23 to 69 (Mean = 45.05, SD = 11.06). Figure 2 shows the distribution of scores on the AES-S and AES-I.


Poor dissociation of patient-evaluated apathy and depressive symptoms.

Njomboro P, Deb S - Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res (2012)

Distribution of self- and informant-rated levels of apathy.
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fig2: Distribution of self- and informant-rated levels of apathy.
Mentions: Patient self ratings on the AES-S ranged from 20 to 57 (mean = 34.27, SD = 9.29). Informant ratings on the AES-I ranged from 23 to 69 (Mean = 45.05, SD = 11.06). Figure 2 shows the distribution of scores on the AES-S and AES-I.

Bottom Line: Research on the relationship between apathy and depression has, however, produced mixed results.Patient-rated, and not informant-rated apathy significantly correlated with depression.We discuss the implication of these results on the relationship between the two neuropsychiatric conditions and also in relation to the utility of patient self-evaluations in apathy.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town, Private Bag Rondebosch, Cape Town 7701, South Africa.

ABSTRACT
Apathy has traditionally been conceptualised as part of depression. The appropriateness of this conceptualisation has now been questioned, with the realization that apathy constitutes a distinct neuropsychiatric condition, with separate rehabilitation and patient-care implications to depression. Research on the relationship between apathy and depression has, however, produced mixed results. One reason for this inconsistency may lie behind who does the apathy evaluation. In this study we investigated whether the relationship between apathy and depression would differ when apathy was evaluated by the patients or an informant. A total of 49 brain damaged patients were assessed on self- and informant-rated Apathy Evaluation Scales. The relationship between the apathy scores and depressive symptoms was then investigated. Patient-rated, and not informant-rated apathy significantly correlated with depression. We discuss the implication of these results on the relationship between the two neuropsychiatric conditions and also in relation to the utility of patient self-evaluations in apathy.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus