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Intervention for depression among palliative care patients and their families : a study protocol for evaluation of a training program for professional care staff

Hallford, David J., McCabe, Marita P., Mellor, David, Davison, Tanya E., Goldhammer, Denisa L., George, Kuruvilla and Storer, Shane 2011, Intervention for depression among palliative care patients and their families : a study protocol for evaluation of a training program for professional care staff, BMC Palliative Care, vol. 10, no. 11, pp. 1-6.

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Title Intervention for depression among palliative care patients and their families : a study protocol for evaluation of a training program for professional care staff
Author(s) Hallford, David J.
McCabe, Marita P.
Mellor, David
Davison, Tanya E.
Goldhammer, Denisa L.
George, Kuruvilla
Storer, Shane
Journal name BMC Palliative Care
Volume number 10
Issue number 11
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Publisher BioMed Central Ltd
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-06-13
ISSN 1472-684X
Summary Background: Clinical depression is highly prevalent yet under-detected and under-treated in palliative care settings and is associated with a number of adverse medical and psychological outcomes for patients and their family members. This article presents a study protocol to evaluate a training intervention for non-physician palliative care staff to improve the recognition of depression and provide support for depressed patients and their family members. Details of the hypotheses and expected outcomes, study design, training program development and evaluation measures are described.
Methods and Design: A randomised controlled trial will be implemented across two palliative care services to evaluate the “Training program for professional carers to recognise and manage depression in palliative care settings”. Pre-, post- and three-month follow-up data will be collected to assess: the impact of the training on the knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy and perceived barriers of palliative care staff when working with depression; referral rates for depression; and changes to staff practices. Quantitative and qualitative methods, in the form of self-report questionnaires and interviews with staff and family members, will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention.
Discussion: This study will determine the effectiveness of an intervention that aims to respond to the urgent need for innovative programs to target depression in the palliative care setting. The expected outcome of this study is the validation of an evidence-based training program to improve staff recognition and appropriate referrals for depression, as well as improve psychosocial support for depressed patients and their family members.
Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920502 Health Related to Ageing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, BioMed Central Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036735

Document type: Journal Article
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