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Table 2 Proportion of residents with missing data on individual items of the Geriatric Depression Scale. Limited to residents missing at least one but less than all 15 items.

From: Measuring depression in nursing home residents with the MDS and GDS: an observational psychometric study

Item descriptions Cognitively Impaired Group (n = 251) Cognitively Intact Group (n = 93) All Participants (N = 344)
1. Are you basically satisfied with your life?* 37 (15%) 6 (6%) 43 (13%)
2. Have you dropped many of your activities and interests? 68 (27%) 10 (11%) 78 (23%)
3. Do you feel that your life is empty? 57 (23%) 16 (17%) 73 (21%)
4. Do you often get bored?* 47 (19%) 14 (15%) 61 (18%)
5. Are you in good spirits most of the time? 30 (12%) 9 (10%) 39 (11%)
6. Are you afraid that something bad is going to happen? 44 (18%) 13 (14%) 57 (17%)
7. Do you feel happy most of the time? 35 (14%) 12 (13%) 47 (14%)
8. Do you often feel helpless?* 55 (22%) 20 (22%) 75 (22%)
9. Do you prefer to stay in your room, rather than go out and doing new things?* 88 (35%) 11 (12%) 99 (29%)
10. Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most? 80 (32%) 11 (12%) 91 (26%)
11. Do you think that it is wonderful to be alive? 48 (19%) 14 (15%) 62 (18%)
12. Do you feel pretty worthless they way you are now?* 78 (31%) 14 (15%) 92 (27%)
13. Do you feel full of energy? 64 (25%) 14 (15%) 78 (23%)
14. Do you feel that your situation is hopeless? 74 (29%) 16 (17%) 90 (26%)
15. Do you think that most people are better off than you? 110 (44%) 31 (33%) 141 (41%)
  1. * included in GDS-5