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Barriers to care for depressed older people : perceptions of aged care among medical professionals

McCabe, Marita P., Davison, Tanya, Mellor, David and George, Kuruvilla 2009, Barriers to care for depressed older people : perceptions of aged care among medical professionals, International journal of aging and human development, vol. 68, no. 1, pp. 53-64.

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Title Barriers to care for depressed older people : perceptions of aged care among medical professionals
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P.
Davison, Tanya
Mellor, David
George, Kuruvilla
Journal name International journal of aging and human development
Volume number 68
Issue number 1
Start page 53
End page 64
Total pages 12
Publisher Baywood Publishing Co Inc.
Place of publication Farmingdale, N.Y.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 0091-4150
1541-3535
Keyword(s) Attitude of Health Personnel
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Services for the Aged
Professional Role
Depression/diagnosis
Health Personnel/psychology
Australia
Clinical Competence
Depression/therapy
Female
Focus Groups
Health Services Accessibility
Homes for the Aged
Humans
Male
Summary The current study evaluated barriers to detection of depression among older people. Focus groups were conducted with 21 professional carers, 4 nurses, 10 general practitioners, and 7 aged care managers. The results demonstrated that care for older people is primarily focused on physical care. Further, staff resources, a lack of continuity of care, multiple co-morbidities, reluctance by older people to discuss depression, negative attitudes among carers, as well as a lack of skills all contributed to a failure to detect and treat depression. The implications of these findings for training programs for professional carers are discussed.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019497

Document type: Journal Article
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