Barriers to the recognition of geriatric depression in residential care facilities in Alberta
geriatric depression, residential care facilities, Alberta
This study explored the barriers that regulated nurse professionals encountered in recognizing and assessing geriatric depression in residential care facilities in the Canadian province of Alberta. The study used a convergent parallel mixed methods design, including a cross-sectional survey (N = 635) and qualitative interviews (N = 14) with regulated nurse professionals. Findings revealed six major barriers to the recognition of geriatric depression in Alberta, including 1) insufficient clinical knowledge and training in geriatric depression; 2) misconceived beliefs about geriatric depression; 3) limited access to resources; 4) unclear depression assessment protocol and procedures in facilities; 5) characteristics of models of care and organizational culture in facilities; and 6) communication difficulties among all stakeholders in the process. Socio-cultural values and beliefs about geriatric depression played a key role in the complex interaction of the various structural and agential barriers to the effective recognition and assessment of depression in residential care facilities in Alberta.
Azulai, A., & Hall, B.L. (2020). Barriers to the recognition of geriatric depression in residential care facilities in Alberta. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. Published online June 4, 2020. doi:10.1080/01612840.2020.1742258
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