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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?
Randomised controlled trial.
Single blind (outcome assessors blinded).
Follow up period:
Ten residential nursing homes in the Netherlands; time period not stated.
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 years (range 10 months to 23 years).
Nursing homes were randomly assigned to the intervention group (training) or control (no training). Care staff in the …
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