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An evaluation of the beyondblue depression training program for aged care workers

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posted on 01.09.2010, 00:00 authored by David MellorDavid Mellor, M Kiehne, M McCabe, Tanya Davison, Gery KarantzasGery Karantzas, K George
Background: The prevalence of depression among older people receiving care is high, yet the rate of treatment of this disorder is low. One way to improve the pathway to care is to train care staff to recognize the symptoms of depression and raise their confidence in responding to them. In this study we evaluated the efficacy of the beyondblue Depression Training Program to achieve this aim.
Methods: Staff (N=148) from low level care facilities and community care facilities in metropolitan Melbourne completed the beyondblue Depression Training Program, while staff in other facilities (N = 96) acted as controls. Pre-program, post-program and follow-up questionnaire data were collected and referrals for depression by staff were recorded.
Results: Training improved carers’ knowledge about depression, their self-efficacy in responding to signs of depression and their attitudes towards working with depressed aged care recipients. In addition, training increased the number of referrals for depression made by carers.
Conclusion: Training aged care staff in depression can improve the pathways to care for depressed care recipients, and has the potential to improve the quality of life of older people.

History

Journal

International psychogeriatrics

Volume

22

Issue

06

Season

Special Issue 06 (Focus on training in psychogeriatrics)

Pagination

927 - 937

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Location

Cambridge, England

ISSN

1041-6102

eISSN

1741-203X

Language

eng

Notes

First published online 15 March 2010.

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, International Psychogeriatric Association