Buchanan RJ, Wang S, Tai-Seale M, Ju H., Mult Scler. 9(2):171-88., 2003 Mar 01
MS residents with depression were significantly more likely to be female and younger than other MS residents, with significant racial differences as well. MS residents with depression were significantly more likely than other MS residents to have a history of mental health conditions, exhibit mood indicators, and have unsettled relationships. Both groups of MS residents had high levels of physical disability, although MS residents with depression tended to be slightly less disabled. MS residents with depression were more likely than other MS residents to experience daily pain and more likely to have the diseases common to all residents with MS.
This research found that most MS residents with depression did not receive mental health services, demonstrating that nursing facilities must improve the mental healthcare provided to residents with MS with depression.