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Sjuksköterskors erfarenheter av att identifiera depression hos den äldre människan
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Nurses´ experience to identifying depression of elderly people (English)
Abstract [sv]

Depression hos äldre har blivit ett stort hälsoproblem. Idag är depression den vanligaste psykiatriska sjukdomen bland äldre. Om en depression inte identifieras kan den leda till allvarliga konsekvenser. En av sjuksköterskans uppgifter kan vara att identifiera depression hos äldre personer. Syftet med denna litteratur studien var att ta reda på sjuksköterskans svårigheter och möjligheter i att identifiera depression hos äldre. Den valda metoden var en kvalitativ litteraturstudie och gjordes enligt Friberg (2001). Den kunskap som framkom om sjuksköterskan kategoriserades i svårigheter att identifiera depression och möjligheter i att upptäcka depressionen. Resultatet av studien visar att sjusköterskor har svårigheter i att identifiera depression hos äldre, men det finns möjligheter att förbättra en identifiering. När den äldre deprimerade maskerar sina depressiva symtom i somatiska sjukdomar, kan sjuksköterskan få svårigheter att identifiera depressionen. Det kan också finnas attityder hos sjuksköterskor, att människan blir deprimerad på äldre dagar. Detta kan leda till att depressionen inte identifieras. Genom att använda sig av kommunikation, GeriatricDepression Scale (GDS), kunskap från närstående och utbildning ökar sjuksköterskans möjligheter att identifiera en depression och därmed minska lidandet för den äldre. Slutsatsen som dras är att det behövs mer utbildning för sjuksköterskor i att kunna identifiera depression hos den äldre personen.

Abstract [en]

Depression in elderly people has become a big health problem. Today, depression is the most common psychiatric illness amongst elderly. If depression is not identified, it can lead to serious consequences. One of the nurse’s duties could be identify depression in elderly people. The purpose of this literary study was to find the nurse’s difficulties and possibilities in identifying depression in elderly. The chosen method was a qualitative literary study and was carried out according to Friberg (2001). That knowledge that emerged about the nurses was categorised in difficulties in identifying depression and possibilities of discovering this. The result of the study shows that nurses have difficulties in identifying depression in elderly, but there are possibilities to improve an identification. When the depressed elderly disguises the depressive symptoms in somatic illnesses, the nurse may have difficulties in identifying the depression. There may also be the attitude of the nurses, that depression is part of the aging process. This may lead to that depression is not identified. By using communication, the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), information from people close to the patient and education, the nurse’s possibilities in identifying a depression are increased and can thereby reduce the suffering of the elderly. The conclusion is that nurses need more education to be able to identify depression in eldery.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 20 p.
Keyword [en]
older, depression, nurse, knowledge, identifying
Keyword [sv]
äldre, depression, sjuksköterska, kunskap, identifiering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-4272OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-4272DiVA: diva2:330372
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Available from: 2010-07-16 Created: 2010-07-15 Last updated: 2010-11-22Bibliographically approved

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