Pilot Study of a Statewide Initiative to Enhance Depression Care Among Older Home Care Patients Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Depressive Disorder
  • Models, Theoretical


  • Late-life depression is prevalent in home care. This pilot study, part of a statewide initiative to enhance depression care, evaluated the influence of a 2-hour depression screening and intervention workshop on home care professionals' knowledge, self-efficacy, and attitudes related to depression in older home care patients. A pretest, posttest design was used to evaluate the effects of the workshop with 280 home care professionals from 7 home care agencies. Following the depression workshop, participants' knowledge levels in evidence-based screening and care for depressed older adults was significantly increased, t(280) = 16.49, p<.001. A significant increase in confidence and attitude ratings were found (p<.001). Findings from this pilot study support broader dissemination throughout Connecticut home care agencies. © 2012 SAGE Publications.

publication date

  • April 2013



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1084822312465747

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  • 45

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