Barriers to care for depressed older people : perceptions of aged care among medical professionals
journal contributionposted on 2009-01-01, 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.
JournalInternational journal of aging and human development
Pagination53 - 64
PublisherBaywood Publishing Co Inc.
NotesReproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Publication classificationC1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article
Copyright notice2009, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.
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