Knowledge and skills of professional carers working with older people with depression

McCabe, Marita P., Davison, Tanya, Mellor, David and George, Kuruvilla 2008, Knowledge and skills of professional carers working with older people with depression, Aging & mental health, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 228-235.

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Title Knowledge and skills of professional carers working with older people with depression
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P.
Davison, Tanya
Mellor, David
George, Kuruvilla
Journal name Aging & mental health
Volume number 12
Issue number 2
Start page 228
End page 235
Total pages 8
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 1360-7863
1364-6915
Keyword(s) depression
professional carers
knowledge
skills
self-efficacy
Summary Objectives: The current study was designed to evaluate the knowledge, skills and self-efficacy of care providers from the perspective of professionals working in the aged-care industry.

Method: Participants were 21 professional carers, 10 General Practitioners and 7 aged-care managers. Focus groups, which involved the completion of a semi-structured interview related to knowledge, recognition, confidence, referral procedures and use of screening tools for the detection of depression, were conducted.

Results:
The results showed that all groups of respondents recognised significant gap in the knowledge and awareness of depression among professional care staff working with older people in both the community and residential care-settings. Skills in the detection and monitoring of depression and the self-efficacy of these care staff were also seen to be a problem.

Discussion:
The implications of these findings in terms of training programmes for professional carers working in the aged health care sector are discussed.
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:30017414

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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