Correlates of knowledge and beliefs about depression among long-term care staff
Article first published online: 29 AUG 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 356–363, April 2008
How to Cite
Ayalon, L., Arean, P. and Bornfeld, H. (2008), Correlates of knowledge and beliefs about depression among long-term care staff. Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry, 23: 356–363. doi: 10.1002/gps.1884
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 29 AUG 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 JUL 2007
- Manuscript Received: 24 APR 2007
- neuropsychiatric symptoms;
- nursing home;
- assisted living;
- mental illness
Despite the high prevalence of depression in long-term care (LTC), it often is unrecognized and inadequately treated. Thus, the goals of the present study were to evaluate LTC staff characteristics that are associated with knowledge and beliefs about depression.
A cross sectional study of 371 LTC staff members completed a knowledge and beliefs about depression questionnaire, a short demographic questionnaire, a burden measure, and a questionnaire about attitudes associated with working with depressed residents.
Relative to nurses, social workers, and activity staff, paraprofessional caregivers had a lower score on the depression measure and a higher score on the burden measure. Paraprofessional caregivers were more likely to view depression as a normal phenomenon, held less accurate beliefs about signs and symptoms of depression, and were less familiar with the effectiveness of specific treatments of depression.
Educational interventions about depression should be specifically geared to meet the needs of paraprofessional caregivers who provide the majority of care to LTC residents, yet possess less knowledge about depression and its treatments. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.