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December 01, 2010
Depression
Expires January 01, 2017
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CME Activity

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Sample questions:
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It has been hypothesized that the prevalence of major depressive disorder (MDD) in medical settings increases progressively with the severity of the medical disease. What is the prevalence of MDD in patients hospitalized on an inpatient medical unit?
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Various approaches have been proposed to diminish the confounding effect of medical symptoms in the diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD). In one approach, symptoms that are more likely to be confused with medical illness, such as loss of energy, weight loss, and impaired concentration, are replaced by symptoms more likely to be affective in origin, such as irritability, tearfulness, social withdrawal, and feeling punished. What is this approach called?
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Various rating scales have been developed to measure depressive symptoms in medically ill patients. One widely used self-report screening instrument was originally developed as a measure of symptom severity in psychiatric patients but has been used and found to be accurate in numerous studies of depression in the medically ill. What is the name of this instrument?