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Table 3 Descriptives of patient who were depressed at baseline according to their depression status at 2-year follow-up

From: The two-year course of late-life depression; results from the Netherlands study of depression in older persons

  Not depressed at follow-up (n = 147) Depressed at follow-up (n = 138)
Socio-demographics at baseline   
- Mean age (sd) 70.4 (7.1) 70.9 (7.9)
- Female gender, n (%) 97 (66.0) 90 (65.2)
- Years of education, mean (sd) 10.7 (3.2) 10.5 (3.7)
- No partner, n (%) 66 (44.9) 72 (52.2)
- Sampling site, n (%)   
 - Amsterdam 61 (48.8) 64 (51.2)
 - Leiden 26 (44.1) 33 (55.9)
 - Groningen 22 (55.0) 18 (45.0)
 - Apeldoorn/Zutphen 21 (67.7) 10 (32.2)
 - Nijmegen 17 (56.7) 13 (43.3)
Clinical characteristics at baseline   
- First episode MDD, n (%) 70 (47.6) 65 (47.1)
- Dysthymia, n (%) 29 (19.7) 46 (33.3)
- Age of onset of depression, mean (SD) 51.2 (19.5) 44.2 (20.7)
- Comorbid anxiety disorder, n (%) 48 (32.7) 57 (41.3)
- Severity depression symptoms 25.6 (11.8) 33.9 (12.5)
Sampling frame, n (%)   
- Primary care 17 (40.5) 25 (59.5)
- Ambulant mental health care 111 (51.9) 103 (48.1)
- Clinical mental health care 19 (65.5) 10 (34.5)
- Use anti depressive medication, n (%) 106 (72.1) 96 (69.6)
- Use of benzodiazepines, n (%) 54 (36.7) 57 (41.3)
Comorbidity   
- Number of chronic diseases, mean (sd) 1.8 (1.2) 2.4 (1.7)
- MMSE, mean (sd) 28.0 (1.7) 27.7 (1.8)
  1. MMSE: Mini Mental State Examination.