An evaluation of the beyondblue depression training program for aged care workers

Mellor, David, Kiehne, Melanie, McCabe, Marita P., Davison, Tanya E., Karantzas, Gery and George, Kuruvilla 2010, An evaluation of the beyondblue depression training program for aged care workers, International psychogeriatrics, vol. 22, no. 06, Special Issue 06 (Focus on training in psychogeriatrics), pp. 927-937, doi: 10.1017/S1041610210000153.

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Title An evaluation of the beyondblue depression training program for aged care workers
Formatted title An evaluation of the beyondblue Depression Training Program for aged care workers
Author(s) Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Kiehne, Melanie
McCabe, Marita P.
Davison, Tanya E.
Karantzas, GeryORCID iD for Karantzas, Gery
George, Kuruvilla
Journal name International psychogeriatrics
Volume number 22
Issue number 06
Season Special Issue 06 (Focus on training in psychogeriatrics)
Start page 927
End page 937
Total pages 11
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2010-09
ISSN 1041-6102
Keyword(s) recognition
older adults
residential care
Summary Background: The prevalence of depression among older people receiving care is high, yet the rate of treatment of this disorder is low. One way to improve the pathway to care is to train care staff to recognize the symptoms of depression and raise their confidence in responding to them. In this study we evaluated the efficacy of the beyondblue Depression Training Program to achieve this aim.
Methods: Staff (N=148) from low level care facilities and community care facilities in metropolitan Melbourne completed the beyondblue Depression Training Program, while staff in other facilities (N = 96) acted as controls. Pre-program, post-program and follow-up questionnaire data were collected and referrals for depression by staff were recorded.
Results: Training improved carers’ knowledge about depression, their self-efficacy in responding to signs of depression and their attitudes towards working with depressed aged care recipients. In addition, training increased the number of referrals for depression made by carers.
Conclusion: Training aged care staff in depression can improve the pathways to care for depressed care recipients, and has the potential to improve the quality of life of older people.
Notes First published online 15 March 2010.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S1041610210000153
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920502 Health Related to Ageing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, International Psychogeriatric Association
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