Depression training program for caregivers of elderly care recipients : implementation and qualitative evaluation

Mellor, David, Russo, Sarah, McCabe, Marita P., Davison, Tanya E. and George, Kuruvilla 2008, Depression training program for caregivers of elderly care recipients : implementation and qualitative evaluation, Journal of gerontological nursing, vol. 34, no. 9, pp. 8-15.

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Title Depression training program for caregivers of elderly care recipients : implementation and qualitative evaluation
Author(s) Mellor, David
Russo, Sarah
McCabe, Marita P.
Davison, Tanya E.
George, Kuruvilla
Journal name Journal of gerontological nursing
Volume number 34
Issue number 9
Start page 8
End page 15
Total pages 8
Publisher Slack, Inc
Place of publication Thorofare, N. J.
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 0098-9134
1938-243X
Keyword(s) caregiver
depression
Summary The prevalence of untreated depression is high among older adults who receive care in residential facilities or in their own omes and is associated with reduced quality of life and other medical conditions, Research has suggested a number of rea-p sons for the low detection and treatment rates for this problem, including lack of knowledge and efficacy among those who provide direct care and poor communication between these caregivers and senior staff, and between senior staff and genera practitioners. In this study, we report on the implementation of a training program for care staff that aims to address these issues. Focus groups with participants who completed the training indicated a high level of satisfaction with the program and reported improvements in knowledge, self-efficacy, and communication within services. It is recommended that the program be more systematically evaluated in relation to its longer term effects on care provider practices and the well-being of depressed elderly care recipients.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Slack Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017428

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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