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Table 1 Inclusion and exclusion criteria as applied by the general practitioner* or research nurse

From: Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a minimal psychological intervention to reduce non-severe depression in chronically ill elderly patients: the design of a randomised controlled trial [ISRCTN92331982]

Inclusion criteria:
Established diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus Type II or COPD*
Age 60 years and over*
Community dwelling*
Minor depression or mild to moderate major depression according to MINI and HDRS criteria
Completed informed consent
Exclusion criteria:
Treatment with antidepressants*
Severe major depression*
Major psychiatric problems (bipolar depression, schizophrenia, suicidal risk)*
Current psychosocial/psychiatric treatment*
Serious cognitive problems (demential syndrome)*
On waiting list for nursing home*
Bedridden*
Recent loss of spouse (< 3 months)*