Research has shown that some 30% of total care needs in people with late-life depression (LLD) are unmet. It is not known to what extent patients actually don’t receive any care for these needs or consider the care to be insufficient and their satisfaction with the provided care.
Results: In 67% of patients, at least one unmet need was ascertained. In most cases (80%) care was actually provided for those needs by professionals and/or informal caregivers. Patients were satisﬁed with the care delivered for 81% of the reported care needs. Satisfaction was lowest for social care needs (67%). For six speciﬁc care needs it was demonstrated that dissatisﬁed patients were signiﬁcantly more depressed than satisﬁed patients. Conclusion: Even though patients might receive care for certain needs, this does not mean that their needs are met. A substantial proportion of patients with LDD feel that they need additional help for unmet needs.