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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 41 (1999) 9, 539 - 542

Short report

What is the prevalence of depression?

J. Spijker, W.A. Nolen

As a contribution to the debate on the high prevalence of major depression, two surveys are compared (nemesis and nipo). The nipo survey has important limitations with regard to the sample and the diagnostic criteria. The prevalence for major depression, found in the nemesis study, is more valid.

keywords major depression, prevalence