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Table 2 Delivery format and content of the "Training program for professional carers to recognise and manage depression in palliative care settings"

From: Intervention for depression among palliative care patients and their families: A study protocol for evaluation of a training program for professional care staff

Session 1
Understanding Depression
Session 2
Detecting Depression
Session 3
Responding to Depression
Session 4
Family Focus
• diagnostic definitions and prevalence
• signs and symptoms of depression useful for detection in the palliative care setting
• distinguishing grief and depression
• impact on physical, psychological and social areas at end-of-life
• treatments
• common misconceptions
• distinguishing depression and anxiety
• using a depression monitoring checklist [17, 18] *
• communication skills
• factors related to masked depression in palliative care settings
• barriers to detection of depression in palliative care settings
• using a two-question depression screening tool [19, 20] **
• responding to depression-related and 'desire to die' statements
• support strategies for depressed patients
• psychological distress amongst patient's family members
• the family system
• support strategies for family members of patients
• grief and bereavement
• cultural considerations
• self-care strategies for staff
  1. *This depression monitoring checklist has been adapted from a similar checklist that has demonstrated success in the aged-care setting in assisting staff to recognise depression **This screening tool specifically targets clinical depression, has been validated against reliable and valid measures of depression, and has demonstrated good psychometric properties in the palliative care setting.