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Revista médica de Chile

versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887

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DOIS C, Angelina  y  CAZENAVE, Angélica. Frequency of depression among hypertensive subjects in a primary care clinic. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2009, vol.137, n.4, pp.475-480. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872009000400004.

Background: Severe depression and hypertension are two common conditions in the Chilean population. There is a possibility that the coexistence ofthese diseases is not a coincidence and that hypertension can be pathogenically related to depression. Aim: To assess the frequency of depression among hypertensive subjects consulting in a primary care clinic. Patients and methods: Beck depression inventory a sociodemographic survey and a risk scale for depression elaborated by the Chilean Ministry ofHealth were applied to 442 hypertensive patients consulting in a public primary care clinic. Results: According to Beck depression inventory score, 53%, 33% and 14% of subjects had a mild, modérate or severe depression, respectively. Most individuáis were housewives with incomplete primary education. There was a significant association between depression scores, family Apgar score, mood perception, family violence, alcohol consumption and smoking. Conclusions: There is a high frequency of depression among adults with hypertension consulting in a public primary care clinic.

Palabras clave : Depression; Hypertension; Psychological tests.

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