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ERIC Number: EJ824266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0016-9013
A Videotape-Based Training Method for Improving the Detection of Depression in Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities
Wood, Stacey; Cummings, Jeffrey L.; Schnelle, Betha; Stephens, Mary
Gerontologist, v42 n1 p114-121 Feb 2002
Purpose: This article reviews the effectiveness of a new training program for improving nursing staffs' detection of depression within long-term care facilities. The course was designed to increase recognition of the Minimal Data Set (MDS) Mood Trigger items, to be brief, and to rely on images rather than didactics. Design and Methods: This study used a delayed intervention design. Twenty nurses from two facilities participated in all four sessions of the study. Results: Staff exposed to the intervention (Site 1) improved significantly in their ability to detect mood symptoms in videotaped patients after completing the training course compared with those exposed to the delayed intervention (Site 2). Improvement in detection skills at Site 2 following the training confirmed the intervention's utility. The improvement was demonstrated across levels of staff (licensed and unlicensed). Maintenance of skills was demonstrated at the 4-month follow-up. Implications: Staff successfully improved knowledge and skill of MDS mood triggers. This method may lend itself to other MDS domains.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A