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Behavioural activation in nursing homes to treat depression (BAN-Dep): study protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled trial

Diana Velasquez Reyes, Hema Patel, Nicola Lautenschlager, Andrew H Ford, Eleanor Curran, Rachael Kelly, Rhoda Lai, Terence Chong, Leon Flicker, David Ekers, Simon Gilbody, Christopher Etherton-Beer, Dina Lo Giudice, Kathryn A Ellis, Angelita Martini, Osvaldo P Almeida



INTRODUCTION: Depression is a common disorder among older people living in residential aged care facilities. Several trials have demonstrated the effectiveness of behavioural therapies in treating depressive symptoms in older adults living in the community and in residential aged care. Behavioural Activation is demonstrably effective even when delivered by non-specialists (staff without formal psychological training), although strategies for adapting its use in residential aged care facilities are yet to be explored. This study will determine whether training residential care staff in the use of a structured Behavioural Activation programme is more effective at decreasing depressive symptoms..

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