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Depression in Nursing Homes

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By Frances Vickery Retired PhD state mental health inpt psychological services
Ruslan Leontjevas, Debby L Gerritsen, Martin Smalbrugge, Steven Teerenstra, Myrra J F J Vernooij-Dassen, Raymond T C M Koopmans
BACKGROUND: Depression in nursing-home residents is often under-recognised. We aimed to establish the effectiveness of a structural approach to its management. METHODS: Between May 15, 2009, and April 30, 2011, we undertook a multicentre, stepped-wedge cluster-randomised trial in four provinces of the Netherlands. A network of nursing homes was invited to enrol one dementia and one somatic unit per nursing home. In enrolled units, nursing-home staff recruited residents, who were eligible as long as we had received written informed consent...
June 29, 2013: Lancet
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