Evaluation of nurses' perceptions of the impact of targeted depression education and a screening and referral tool in an acute cardiac setting

Chantal F. Ski, Sam Munian, John X. Rolley, David R. Thompson

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Aims and objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate nurses' perceptions of an education programme and screening and referral tool designed for cardiac nurses to facilitate depression screening and referral procedures for patients with coronary heart disease. Background: There is a high prevalence of depression in patients with coronary heart disease that is often undetected. It is important therefore that nurses working with cardiac patients are equipped with the knowledge and skills to recognise the signs and symptoms of depression and refer appropriately. Design: A qualitative approach with purposive sampling and semi-structural interviews was implemented within the Donabedian 'Structure-Process-Outcome' evaluation framework. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 cardiac nurses working in a major metropolitan hospital six weeks post-attending an education programme on depression and coronary heart disease. Thematic data analysis was implemented, specifically adhering to Halcomb and Davidson's (2006) pragmatic data analysis, to examine nurse knowledge and experience of depression assessment and referral in an acute cardiac ward. Results: The key findings of this study were that the education programme: (1) increased the knowledge base of nurses working with cardiac patients on comorbid depression and coronary heart disease, and (2) assisted in the identification of depression and the referral of 'at risk' patients. Conclusions: Emphasis was placed on the translational significance of educating cardiac nurses about depression via the introduction of a depression screening and referral instrument designed specifically for use in the cardiac ward. As a result, participants found they were better equipped to identify depressive symptoms and, guided by the screening instrument, to confidently instigate referral procedures. Relevance to clinical practice: Much complexity lies in caring for cardiac patients with depression, including issues such as misdiagnosis. Targeted education, including use of appropriate instruments, has the potential to facilitate early recognition of the signs and symptoms of depression in the acute cardiac setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-243
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Volume24
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Knowledge Bases
Urban Hospitals
Diagnostic Errors

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