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Managing depression in patients with vision impairment : a descriptive study of practitioners' beliefs and confidence

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posted on 01.09.2011, 00:00 authored by G Rees, E Fenwick, J Keeffe, David MellorDavid Mellor, Ecosse Lamoureux
Aim: Depression is common in older adults with vision impairment yet it often remains unidentified and untreated.
Eye health professionals (EHPs) and rehabilitation workers (RWs) may be able to assist in detecting depression. This study identified EHPs’ and RWs’ beliefs about depression and confidence in working with patients with vision
impairment and depression.
Methods: A self-administered cross-sectional survey of 94 EHPs and RWs assessed beliefs about the symptoms and treatment for depression, and confidence in working with depressed people with vision impairment.
Results: Participants showed awareness of both the symptoms and treatment options for depression. However,
some important misconceptions were identified and many symptoms of depression were commonly attributed to
vision loss. Participants lacked confidence in communicating about depression with patients and their families.
Conclusions: Training programs are needed to enable EHPs and RWs to confidently identify depression and
discuss appropriate treatment and referral options with their patients.

History

Journal

Australasian journal on ageing

Volume

30

Issue

3

Pagination

130 - 135

Publisher

Wiley - Blackwell Publishing Asia

Location

Richmond, Vic.

ISSN

1440-6381

eISSN

1741-6612

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Australasian Journal on Ageing