Association between religious practice and risk of depression in older people in the subacute setting

Alice Lac, Nicole Austin, Renata Lemke, Suma Poojary, Peter Hunter

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Objective: To identify the association between religious practice and risk of depression in older people admitted to a subacute hospital. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted with 100 patients aged ≥65 years with Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores ≥24 consecutively admitted to a subacute hospital. Religious practice was measured using the Duke University Religion Index and risk of depression using the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS). Results: Geriatric Depression Scale was significantly correlated with intrinsic religiosity (r = −0.21, P = 0.04) and cognition (r = −0.22, P = 0.03). Conclusion: This cross-sectional study of older people in a subacute setting found depression scores were negatively and independently associated with both intrinsic religiosity and cognition. In conjunction with cognitive assessment, health professionals working with older people may consider taking a spiritual history as part of holistic care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E31-E34
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • depression
  • older persons
  • spirituality
  • subacute

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