Subsyndromal depression: Prevalence, use of health services and quality of life in an Australian population

Robert D. Goldney, Laura J. Fisher, Eleonora Dal Grande, Anne Taylor

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Background. A study of the prevalence, use of services and quality of life of those with subsyndromal depression in a random and representative Australian population. Methods. A face-to-face Health Omnibus survey of 3010 respondents administered the mood module of the PRIME-MD and the SF-36 and AQoL quality of life instruments. Results. Subsyndromal depressive symptoms were identified in 12.9% of respondents. There was a gradation of use of services from those with no depression, to those with subsyndromal, other and major depressions. Those with subsyndromal depression scored significantly worse on quality of life measures than those with no depression, but the effect size was small and less than the poorer functioning of those with other depressive syndromes, particularly major depression. Conclusions. Subsyndromal depression is very prevalent in the community and worthy of clinical consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-298
Number of pages6
JournalSocial psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Population
  • Prevalence
  • Quality of life
  • Subsyndromal depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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