The Systematic Activation Method (SAM) in Depressed Elderly: A Case Report

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  • Frans Clignet MSC, RN, CNS,

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    1. Frans Clignet, MSC, RN, CNS, is Nurse Specialist at Altrecht Mental Health Care Centre, Old Age Psychiatry, Utrecht, and a Researcher at VU University, Amsterdam, and the EMGO Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Berno van Meijel, RN, PhD, is Associate Professor of Mental Health Nursing at INHolland, University for Applied Sciences, Research Group Mental Health Nursing, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Annemiek van Straten, PhD, is a Psychologist and Senior Researcher at the Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University, Amsterdam, and the EMGO Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Indrag Lampe, MD, PhD, is Psychiatrist and Senior Researcher at Altrecht Mental Health Care Centre, Old Age Psychiatry, Utrecht, the Netherlands; and Pim Cuijpers, PhD, is a Psychologist and Professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University, and the EMGO institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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  • Berno van Meijel RN, PhD,

    1. Frans Clignet, MSC, RN, CNS, is Nurse Specialist at Altrecht Mental Health Care Centre, Old Age Psychiatry, Utrecht, and a Researcher at VU University, Amsterdam, and the EMGO Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Berno van Meijel, RN, PhD, is Associate Professor of Mental Health Nursing at INHolland, University for Applied Sciences, Research Group Mental Health Nursing, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Annemiek van Straten, PhD, is a Psychologist and Senior Researcher at the Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University, Amsterdam, and the EMGO Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Indrag Lampe, MD, PhD, is Psychiatrist and Senior Researcher at Altrecht Mental Health Care Centre, Old Age Psychiatry, Utrecht, the Netherlands; and Pim Cuijpers, PhD, is a Psychologist and Professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University, and the EMGO institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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  • Annemiek van Straten PhD,

    1. Frans Clignet, MSC, RN, CNS, is Nurse Specialist at Altrecht Mental Health Care Centre, Old Age Psychiatry, Utrecht, and a Researcher at VU University, Amsterdam, and the EMGO Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Berno van Meijel, RN, PhD, is Associate Professor of Mental Health Nursing at INHolland, University for Applied Sciences, Research Group Mental Health Nursing, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Annemiek van Straten, PhD, is a Psychologist and Senior Researcher at the Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University, Amsterdam, and the EMGO Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Indrag Lampe, MD, PhD, is Psychiatrist and Senior Researcher at Altrecht Mental Health Care Centre, Old Age Psychiatry, Utrecht, the Netherlands; and Pim Cuijpers, PhD, is a Psychologist and Professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University, and the EMGO institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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  • Indrag Lampe MD, PhD,

    1. Frans Clignet, MSC, RN, CNS, is Nurse Specialist at Altrecht Mental Health Care Centre, Old Age Psychiatry, Utrecht, and a Researcher at VU University, Amsterdam, and the EMGO Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Berno van Meijel, RN, PhD, is Associate Professor of Mental Health Nursing at INHolland, University for Applied Sciences, Research Group Mental Health Nursing, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Annemiek van Straten, PhD, is a Psychologist and Senior Researcher at the Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University, Amsterdam, and the EMGO Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Indrag Lampe, MD, PhD, is Psychiatrist and Senior Researcher at Altrecht Mental Health Care Centre, Old Age Psychiatry, Utrecht, the Netherlands; and Pim Cuijpers, PhD, is a Psychologist and Professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University, and the EMGO institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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  • Pim Cuijpers PhD

    1. Frans Clignet, MSC, RN, CNS, is Nurse Specialist at Altrecht Mental Health Care Centre, Old Age Psychiatry, Utrecht, and a Researcher at VU University, Amsterdam, and the EMGO Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Berno van Meijel, RN, PhD, is Associate Professor of Mental Health Nursing at INHolland, University for Applied Sciences, Research Group Mental Health Nursing, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Annemiek van Straten, PhD, is a Psychologist and Senior Researcher at the Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University, Amsterdam, and the EMGO Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Indrag Lampe, MD, PhD, is Psychiatrist and Senior Researcher at Altrecht Mental Health Care Centre, Old Age Psychiatry, Utrecht, the Netherlands; and Pim Cuijpers, PhD, is a Psychologist and Professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University, and the EMGO institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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Author contact:fghm.clignet@psy.vu.nl, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:  The study aims to describe the implementation of Activity Scheduling (AS) as a nursing intervention in an inpatient population of older adults with a major depressive disorder.

DESIGN AND METHODS:  In a single case report, the implementation of the intervention was described.

FINDINGS:  This case report shows that AS, when adapted into a brief and prescriptive course, can be beneficial for depressed elderly in an inpatient care setting.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  Although previous research shows promising results, there is a need for additional research on the effectiveness of the intervention when AS is executed by nurses.

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