Professional carers' knowledge and response to depression among their aged-care clients : the care recipients' perspective

Mellor, David, Davison, Tanya, McCabe, Marita and George, Kuruvilla 2008, Professional carers' knowledge and response to depression among their aged-care clients : the care recipients' perspective, Aging & mental health, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 389-399.

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Title Professional carers' knowledge and response to depression among their aged-care clients : the care recipients' perspective
Author(s) Mellor, David
Davison, Tanya
McCabe, Marita
George, Kuruvilla
Journal name Aging & mental health
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 389
End page 399
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1360-7863
1364-6915
Keyword(s) depression
professional carers
knowledge
skills
practices
Summary Depression is an under-diagnosed disorder among the elderly, even in those who are in receipt of aged-care services. One factor associated with this under diagnosis has been identified as a reluctance amongst the elderly to discuss their mood and emotions with their medical practitioners. The current study focused on why depression is not recognised and acted on by those providing residential or home-based care to older people. We interviewed 15 elderly people residing in high-level or low-level aged-care facilities, and three elderly people who were receiving personal care in their homes. All participants had been identified by their care agencies as depressed. Participants reported their perceptions of their personal carers' knowledge and practices in managing the residents' depression. Although the participants described their carers in positive terms, they were critical of their knowledge and skills in recognising depression, and indicated that the communication between personal carers and care recipients about depressive symptomatology was seriously flawed. Training for personal carers in these areas, and efforts to change organisational culture are recommended.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017405

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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