Metrics details. Both are underdiagnosed, undertreated and regularly overlooked by healthcare professionals. The aim of these care centres, which are managed by registered nurses RNs , is to offer care adjusted to cater to the complex needs and health problems of older people. Therefore, this study aimed to illuminate RNs, working at care centres for older people, experience of identifying and intervening in cases of depressive symptoms.
The detection and prevention of depression in older people. | Nursing Times
The Gerontological Nursing Demonstration Project for Scotland is dedicated to promoting the principles and practice of gerontological nursing and the development of evidence-based practice and professional networking. To date the project has published the best practice statement, Nutrition for Physically Frail Older People Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit, , and is working on statements for the promotion of physical activity and good oral health for older people. We decided to focus on prevention and early detection of depression, because the treatment of clinical depression often requires the specialist assessment and therapeutic skills of mental health nurses. We wanted to demonstrate that general nurses play a key role in responding to the risk factors for depression and that they can use a simple screening tool to detect depression at an early stage. The focus for this particular best practice statement is the care of older people who are moving to continuing care facilities such as community hospitals or care homes nursing and older people awaiting hospital discharge or who are experiencing a comparable period of instability in their lives. Depression in later life Depression is not a normal part of ageing but it is the most common mental health problem in later life.