Satisfaction with general practitioner treatment of depression among residents of aged care facilities.

Mellor, David, Davison, Tanya, McCabe, Marita, George, Kuruvilla, Moore, Kathleen A. and Ski, Chantal 2006, Satisfaction with general practitioner treatment of depression among residents of aged care facilities., Journal of aging and health, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 435-457.

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Title Satisfaction with general practitioner treatment of depression among residents of aged care facilities.
Author(s) Mellor, David
Davison, Tanya
McCabe, Marita
George, Kuruvilla
Moore, Kathleen A.
Ski, Chantal
Journal name Journal of aging and health
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 435
End page 457
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2006-06
ISSN 0898-2643
Keyword(s) elderly
depression
treatment satisfaction
Summary Objective: This article investigates consumer perspectives on the treatment for depression among older people in residential facilities. Method: Aged care residents who were aware of being treated for depression in the past 6 months (24 women and 7 men, mean age = 83 years) participated in an interview that assessed their perspective on treatments. Results: Although more than half of the participants in the sample reported overall satisfaction with the medical treatments received for depression, qualitative data provided indications of unsatisfactory service delivery, including perceptions of low treatment efficacy, short consultation times, the failure to assess affective symptomatology, and negative responses to residents’ disclosure of symptoms. Discussion: The findings are discussed in relation to previous research on consumer satisfaction with health services and issues that may be pertinent to the elderly depressed. Training for general practitioners providing treatment in aged care is indicated.
Language eng
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003592

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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