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Depression Management 3: New Approaches to Managing Depression in Older Adults: Evidence-based Models of Treatment

Depression Management 3: New Approaches to Managing Depression in Older Adults: Evidence-based Models of Treatment

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Author(s):  
Nancy L. Chernett, MPH, Tracey Vause-Earland, OTR/L, Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS
Sponsor: 
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
POGOe Id: 
20738
Date Posted: 
09/21/2010
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
09/21/2010
Abstract: 

Treatment for depression should be individualized to meet patient needs. A robust body of evidence now exists for treating depression in older adults. However, there are many challenges in providing effective care for the older adult. New treatment strategies and combined treatment approaches have shown to be most effective in treating the depressed older adult. This module examines both traditional and new multi-component evidence-based program which include both psychotherapeutic as well as pharmacologic approaches.  It also includes pre-test, post-test and exercises. A certificate of completion is awarded if the learner passes the course.

Educational objectives: 

Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • Review treatment for depression in late life.
  • Describe three evidence-based depression treatment approaches in older adults.
  • List and discuss patient related barriers to diagnosis and treatment of late life depression.
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Technical Requirements and Notes: This learning module uses Adobe Flash media and may require you to add a browser "plug-in" in order to display properly. Most computers already have this free plug-in installed. But, if yours does not, it is very easy to download and install. Try the module first because the software is "smart" enough to detect the Flash player. If the module doesn't begin, you will be automatically prompted to download the plug-in. The module contains links to external websites which will open in a new browser window. Your browser's back button will not return to the module, so these new windows should be closed.

In order to track your progress, you must create an account and fill out a brief demographic profile. Once the profile has been created, you can log directly into the course.

Other Learning Resource Type: 
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
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Suggested Citation:
Ms. Nancy L. Chernett, MA, MPH, Mrs. Tracey Vause-Earland, MS, OTR/L and Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS. Depression Management 3: New Approaches to Managing Depression in Older Adults: Evidence-based Models of Treatment. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2010 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/20738