Evaluation of a training program to assist care staff to better recognize and manage depression among palliative care patients and their families

McCabe, Marita P., Goldhammer, Denisa, Mellor, David, Hallford, David and Davison, Tanya 2012, Evaluation of a training program to assist care staff to better recognize and manage depression among palliative care patients and their families, Journal of palliative care, vol. 28, no. 2, Summer, pp. 11-18.

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Title Evaluation of a training program to assist care staff to better recognize and manage depression among palliative care patients and their families
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P.
Goldhammer, Denisa
Mellor, David
Hallford, David
Davison, Tanya
Journal name Journal of palliative care
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Season Summer
Start page 11
End page 18
Total pages 8
Publisher Centre for Bioethics - Clinical Research Institute of Montreal
Place of publication Montreal, Canada
Publication date 2012-06
ISSN 0825-8597
Keyword(s) depression
palliative care
Summary This study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a training program to improve the knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy of palliative care staff and thus enable them to better detect and manage depression among palliative care patients and their families. Participants were 90 professional carers who completed a four-session training program. Knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, and barriers to working with depressed patients were assessed preintervention, post-intervention, and at a three-month follow-up. The results demonstrated that compared to the control group, the intervention group had improved in all of these areas. Improvements were maintained at the three-month follow-up in all areas except attitudes. The results of this study indicate the importance of training in managing depression among palliative care staff. Booster sessions will likely be needed to ensure that training program gains are maintained.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920211 Palliative Care
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050503

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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