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Document Typology: Research
Methodology addressed by the publication:International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Title of document: Caring for patients with long-term conditions and depression.
Name of author(s): Haddad M
Name of publisher: Nursing Standard, 2010 Feb 17-23; 24 (24): 40-50 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, tables/charts)
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Long-term conditions are an increasingly important part of healthcare activity. The prevalence of these health problems is high and their personal and social effects are extensive, requiring an approach to health care that emphasises integration, continuity and self-care. The risk of depression is significantly increased among people with chronic illnesses. Recognising and assisting in the management of this aspect of care is a crucial part of the nurse's role.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
To help people with long-term conditions, services need to be organised so that the assessment and recall of all patients at risk is co-ordinated, and to ensure a range of treatments, including case management, is available for those who are depressed. Nurses need to be familiar with appropriate case-finding tools, and to have knowledge of and access to evidence-based treatments ranging from guided self-help and exercise, to problem-solving, antidepressant and cognitive therapies.
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