BHPC: Depressive Disorders Case Study: Older Adult



Interactive Module

Target Audience

  • Interprofessionals
  • Registered Nurses


This Behavioral Health in Primary Care (BHPC) case study aids in assessing and developing a care plan for an older adult presenting with a depressive disorder in primary care.


About the Series

NURSING IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH IN THE COMMUNITY is an NYU Meyers Initiative to maximize the potential of the nursing workforce as a vital part of the primary care team to address behavioral health concerns, including substance use and mental health, and mitigate social determinants that serve as barriers to good health.

This project is supported by the New York Community Trust. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge about the risks of geriatric depression in the assessment and treatment planning of patients.
  2. Apply a non-judgmental perspective to engage patients, normalizing, and validating their symptoms.
  3. Utilize assessment tools in a therapeutic manner during course of a patient's treatment.
  4. Integrate knowledge from this case study into providing future education and support for patients. 


Karina Santibanez, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Adjunct Clinical Professor

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing