Managing depression in patients with vision impairment : a descriptive study of practitioners' beliefs and confidence

Rees, Gwyneth, Fenwick, Eva, Keeffe, Jill E., Mellor, David and Lamoureux, Ecosse L. 2011, Managing depression in patients with vision impairment : a descriptive study of practitioners' beliefs and confidence, Australasian journal on ageing, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 130-135.

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Title Managing depression in patients with vision impairment : a descriptive study of practitioners' beliefs and confidence
Author(s) Rees, Gwyneth
Fenwick, Eva
Keeffe, Jill E.
Mellor, David
Lamoureux, Ecosse L.
Journal name Australasian journal on ageing
Volume number 30
Issue number 3
Start page 130
End page 135
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 1440-6381
1741-6612
Keyword(s) belief
confidence
depression
eye health professional
vision impairment
Summary Aim: Depression is common in older adults with vision impairment yet it often remains unidentified and untreated.
Eye health professionals (EHPs) and rehabilitation workers (RWs) may be able to assist in detecting depression. This study identified EHPs’ and RWs’ beliefs about depression and confidence in working with patients with vision
impairment and depression.
Methods: A self-administered cross-sectional survey of 94 EHPs and RWs assessed beliefs about the symptoms and treatment for depression, and confidence in working with depressed people with vision impairment.
Results: Participants showed awareness of both the symptoms and treatment options for depression. However,
some important misconceptions were identified and many symptoms of depression were commonly attributed to
vision loss. Participants lacked confidence in communicating about depression with patients and their families.
Conclusions: Training programs are needed to enable EHPs and RWs to confidently identify depression and
discuss appropriate treatment and referral options with their patients.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Australasian Journal on Ageing
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