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Depression training program for caregivers of elderly care recipients : implementation and qualitative evaluation

journal contribution
posted on 01.09.2008, 00:00 authored by David MellorDavid Mellor, Sarah Russo, M McCabe, Tanya Davison, K George
The prevalence of untreated depression is high among older adults who receive care in residential facilities or in their own omes and is associated with reduced quality of life and other medical conditions, Research has suggested a number of rea-p sons for the low detection and treatment rates for this problem, including lack of knowledge and efficacy among those who provide direct care and poor communication between these caregivers and senior staff, and between senior staff and genera practitioners. In this study, we report on the implementation of a training program for care staff that aims to address these issues. Focus groups with participants who completed the training indicated a high level of satisfaction with the program and reported improvements in knowledge, self-efficacy, and communication within services. It is recommended that the program be more systematically evaluated in relation to its longer term effects on care provider practices and the well-being of depressed elderly care recipients.

History

Journal

Journal of gerontological nursing

Volume

34

Issue

9

Pagination

8 - 15

Publisher

Slack, Inc

Location

Thorofare, N. J.

ISSN

0098-9134

eISSN

1938-243X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2008, Slack Inc.