GDS-15 - Geriatric Depression Scale - 15-item Short Form


The GDS-15 is a 15-item short form of the original 30-item Geriatric Depression Scale.

It is a self-report assessment used to identify depression in the elderly.

Special Instructions

Once the patient has submitted it, you may preview it on the uninitialed documents tab in the EMR. However, do not initial it or it won't later be pulled into your Mobile Note.

Scores Produced

Total Score


A score of 5 or greater suggests depression


  • Sheikh JI, Yesavage JA. Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS): recent evidence and development of a shorter version. Clin Gerontol. 1986 June;5(1/2):165-173.
  • Lesher EL, Berryhill JS. Validation of the Geriatric Depression Scale-Short Form among inpatients. J Clin Psychol. 1994 Mar;50(2):256-60.


GDS-15 Short Form.pdf

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