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

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posted on 01.06.2012, 00:00 authored by M McCabe, Denisa Goldhammer, David MellorDavid Mellor, David HallfordDavid Hallford, Tanya Davison
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.

History

Journal

Journal of palliative care

Volume

28

Issue

2

Season

Summer

Pagination

11 - 18

Publisher

Centre for Bioethics - Clinical Research Institute of Montreal

Location

Montreal, Canada

ISSN

0825-8597

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal