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, doi: 10.1080/13607860701797166.
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.
Field of Research
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
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