McCabe, M., Mellor, D., Davison, T., Hallford, D. & Goldhammer, D. (2012). Detecting and managing depressed patients : Palliative care nurses' self-efficacy and perceived barriers to care. Journal of Palliative Medicine,15(4), 463-467. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2011.0388
Background: Depression is a highly prevalent yet under-recognized and under-treated psychiatric illness in patients receiving palliative care. Nurses are the front-line health care professionals in these settings and are well-positioned to detect depressive symptoms and initiate pathways to care. Previous research suggests, however, that nurses' confidence and skills in relation to this task are low, and there appear to be a number of barriers within these settings that may impede nurses' engagement in this process.
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