The purpose of this study was to examine practices carried out by nurses in assessing elderly patients for depression.
Nurses (N=221) from various departments of a public hospital in Hong Kong were invited to participate in a questionnaire survey on a voluntary basis.
The results of this study confirmed previous findings that the majority of nurses (68%) did not conduct assessments for depression in elderly patients, even though they had a good knowledge of the symptoms of geriatric depression and held a relatively positive attitude towards the depressed elderly.
Perceived incompetence and the constraints of working conditions were the major deterring factors in assessing elderly patients for depression.
Among nurses who assessed depression, very few used objective clinical tools.
The implications of the findings for clinical practice are also discussed in this study.
Mots-clés Pascal : Pratique professionnelle, Diagnostic, Etat dépressif, Hôpital, Enquête, Infirmier, Personnel sanitaire, Attitude, Personne âgée, Homme, Trouble humeur
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Professional practice, Diagnosis, Depression, Hospital, Survey, Nurse, Health staff, Attitude, Elderly, Human, Mood disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0299187
Code Inist : 002A26H04. Création : 16/11/1999.