A reasonable strategy to efficiently assess depression in Chinese older adults is to

  • First administer the Single Question or Geriatric Depression Scale-4 (GDS-4).
  • If depression is likely, the Chinese GDS-15 could be used to increase the probability of identifying depression in Chinese older adults (Wu & Kelley, 2007).

Worldwide, Chinese (along with Indian) women have higher rates of suicide than women of other nationalities. (Brockington, 2001) But large population based data of prevalence or incidence of depression in the Chinese American population are lacking.