Detecting and managing depressed patients : palliative care nurses' self-efficacy and perceived barriers to care

McCabe, Marita P., Mellor, David, Davison, Tanya E., Hallford, David J. and Goldhammer, Denisa L. 2012, Detecting and managing depressed patients : palliative care nurses' self-efficacy and perceived barriers to care, Journal of palliative medicine, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 463-467.

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Title Detecting and managing depressed patients : palliative care nurses' self-efficacy and perceived barriers to care
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P.
Mellor, David
Davison, Tanya E.
Hallford, David J.
Goldhammer, Denisa L.
Journal name Journal of palliative medicine
Volume number 15
Issue number 4
Start page 463
End page 467
Total pages 5
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Place of publication New Rochelle, N. Y.
Publication date 2012-04-01
ISSN 1096-6218
1557-7740
Keyword(s) community care
consultation
depression
family counseling
medical education
grief
mental health service
Summary Background: Depression is a highly prevalent yet under-recognized and under-treated psychiatric illness in patients receiving palliative care. Nurses are the front-line health care professionals in these settings and are well-positioned to detect depressive symptoms and initiate pathways to care. Previous research suggests, however, that nurses' confidence and skills in relation to this task are low, and there appear to be a number of barriers within these settings that may impede nurses' engagement in this process.

Methods: To further investigate these factors, a quantitative study was carried out with 69 palliative care nurses from three palliative care services in Australia.

Results: A number of issues were identified, including the need for further training in the signs and symptoms of depression, issues around discussing depression with patients and their family members, and difficulty differentiating depressive symptoms from grief.

Conclusion: These findings provide insight into specific areas in which palliative care nurses would benefit from further training to improve detection rates for depression in this vulnerable population.
Language eng
Field of Research 111005 Mental Health Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920211 Palliative Care
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047349

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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