The management of depressed elderly care recipients : family perspectives on the skills of professional carers

Mellor, David, Davison, Tanya, McCabe, Marita and George, Kuruvilla 2008, The management of depressed elderly care recipients : family perspectives on the skills of professional carers, Journal of community health nursing, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 44-61.

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Title The management of depressed elderly care recipients : family perspectives on the skills of professional carers
Author(s) Mellor, David
Davison, Tanya
McCabe, Marita
George, Kuruvilla
Journal name Journal of community health nursing
Volume number 25
Issue number 1
Start page 44
End page 61
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-01
ISSN 0737-0016
1532-7655
Summary Recent studies have identified high levels of depression among older people, both those in their own homes and those in residential care. With the world's population ageing, it is timely for health service providers to consider how the escalating population of depressed elderly people will be managed. Although treating general practitioners may be the health professionals most expected to detect, treat, and monitor depression among the elderly, professional carers are well placed to assist in the detection and monitoring of the disorder. This study conducted individual interviews with 15 family members of depressed aged-care recipients to determine their perceptions of the skills and knowledge of depression of professional carers. Family members reported that carers are more likely to avoid than engage with their clients about depressive symptomatology and do not communicate their concerns with managers or general practitioners (GPs). Family members believed that, in general, professional carers were undertrained in these areas. The implications of these findings for health service planning and staff training 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 Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017450

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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