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Barriers to care for depressed older people : perceptions of aged care among medical professionals

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posted on 01.01.2009, 00:00 authored by M McCabe, Tanya Davison, David MellorDavid Mellor, K George
The current study evaluated barriers to detection of depression among older people. Focus groups were conducted with 21 professional carers, 4 nurses, 10 general practitioners, and 7 aged care managers. The results demonstrated that care for older people is primarily focused on physical care. Further, staff resources, a lack of continuity of care, multiple co-morbidities, reluctance by older people to discuss depression, negative attitudes among carers, as well as a lack of skills all contributed to a failure to detect and treat depression. The implications of these findings for training programs for professional carers are discussed.

History

Journal

International journal of aging and human development

Volume

68

Issue

1

Pagination

53 - 64

Publisher

Baywood Publishing Co Inc.

Location

Farmingdale, N.Y.

ISSN

0091-4150

eISSN

1541-3535

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2009, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.