Journal article

Volunteer-led behavioural activation to reduce depression in residential care: a feasibility study.

Christina Bryant, Lydia Brown, Meg Polacsek, Frances Batchelor, Hannah Capon, Briony Dow

Pilot Feasibility Stud | Published : 2020

Abstract

Objectives: Symptoms of depression are highly prevalent and under-treated in residential aged care facilities. Behavioural activation is a simple, cost-effective psychosocial intervention that might be appropriate to help reduce depression and improve well-being in this setting. The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility and efficacy of an 8-week, volunteer-led behavioural activation intervention designed for depressed aged care residents. Method: This feasibility study employed a single-arm design, where outcomes were measured at baseline, post-intervention and 3-month follow-up. Aged care residents with depressive symptoms were invited to participate, and healthy voluntee..

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