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Training nursing home care staff to recognise psychopathology improves their ability to identify depressed residents

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Q Does training of care staff to recognise psychopathology improve their ability to identify depression in the geriatric population in residential nursing homes?

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Randomised controlled trial.

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Unclear.

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Single blind (outcome assessors blinded).

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Six months.

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Ten residential nursing homes in the Netherlands; time period not stated.

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Baseline population: 426 elderly residents, 74% female, mean age 85 years 57 with depressive symptoms. Follow up population: 360 elderly residents (280 from baseline population), 42 with depressive symptoms (31 from baseline), no further details given. Care staff: 85 care staff (50% geriatric helpers, 10% nurses, 33% orderlies, 7% others). Mean time working in the home 9.5 …

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