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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157869
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Lived Experience of Depression Among the Deaf
Abstract:
The Lived Experience of Depression Among the Deaf
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2006
Author:Sheppard, Kate, MSN, RN, APN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Nevada, Reno
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:PO Box 767, Graeagle, CA, 96103, USA
Contact Telephone:775-784-6841 #236
Background/Problem Statement: Depression is the second highest patient concern in the primary care setting and is more common than diabetes and cancer. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States and is a significant burden on the US economy, ranking second only to ischemic heart disease in magnitude of economic burden. Deaf individuals suffer severe disparities in mental health care. The Deaf are at significantly higher risk of being underdiagnosed with depression, especially in the primary care setting. Primary care providers are not adequately trained to identify symptoms of depression among the deaf, which leads to numerous missed cases of depression. There is a dearth of information that describes the meaning of depression among this population, which increases the difficulty of identification. Differences in communication, culture, and linguistics between health care providers and the Deaf lead to misinterpretation, misdiagnosis and stereotyping. As cases of depression among the deaf are frequently missed, it is estimated that only 2% of the deaf ever receive the mental health treatment they need. Purpose/Aims of Study: The purpose of the proposed study is to describe the Deaf patient's experience of depression and describe the meaning of the phenomenon among the Deaf. The research question is "What is the lived experience of depression among the deaf?" Specific aims are to describe the phenomenon known as depression, among members of the Deaf culture and identify shared meaning of depression among the participants. Methods: The phenomenon of depression (or depressive symptoms) as experienced by the Deaf will be explored through a qualitative descriptive phenomenological study. The study goal is to gain understanding of the phenomenon and shared meaning among the participants, therefore phenomenology is chosen to facilitate an exploration without preconceptions. Inclusion criteria: pre-lingually deaf adults, members of the Deaf culture. Data will be collected by phenomenological interview and participant observation. Researcher bracketing and journaling will be included. Analysis will be accomplished through exploration of participant narratives by identifying individual central concerns, shared concerns, and shared meaning of the experience. Implications: This nursing research will provide a description of depression/depressive symptoms as may occur among Deaf individuals, and may lead to increased understanding and meaning of the phenomenon of depression as experienced by the deaf. In this way, improved communication and understanding between health care provider and deaf patient can be optimized. Such nursing knowledge may potentiate the earlier identification of deaf patients at risk for depression in the primary care setting. The knowledge gained from this study may enable nursing to collaborate with other members of the research community to reduce the significant disparities in mental health care for the Deaf, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality in this underserved population.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Lived Experience of Depression Among the Deafen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157869-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Lived Experience of Depression Among the Deaf</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Sheppard, Kate, MSN, RN, APN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Nevada, Reno</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">PO Box 767, Graeagle, CA, 96103, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">775-784-6841 #236</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">ksheppard@psln.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Background/Problem Statement: Depression is the second highest patient concern in the primary care setting and is more common than diabetes and cancer. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States and is a significant burden on the US economy, ranking second only to ischemic heart disease in magnitude of economic burden. Deaf individuals suffer severe disparities in mental health care. The Deaf are at significantly higher risk of being underdiagnosed with depression, especially in the primary care setting. Primary care providers are not adequately trained to identify symptoms of depression among the deaf, which leads to numerous missed cases of depression. There is a dearth of information that describes the meaning of depression among this population, which increases the difficulty of identification. Differences in communication, culture, and linguistics between health care providers and the Deaf lead to misinterpretation, misdiagnosis and stereotyping. As cases of depression among the deaf are frequently missed, it is estimated that only 2% of the deaf ever receive the mental health treatment they need. Purpose/Aims of Study: The purpose of the proposed study is to describe the Deaf patient's experience of depression and describe the meaning of the phenomenon among the Deaf. The research question is &quot;What is the lived experience of depression among the deaf?&quot; Specific aims are to describe the phenomenon known as depression, among members of the Deaf culture and identify shared meaning of depression among the participants. Methods: The phenomenon of depression (or depressive symptoms) as experienced by the Deaf will be explored through a qualitative descriptive phenomenological study. The study goal is to gain understanding of the phenomenon and shared meaning among the participants, therefore phenomenology is chosen to facilitate an exploration without preconceptions. Inclusion criteria: pre-lingually deaf adults, members of the Deaf culture. Data will be collected by phenomenological interview and participant observation. Researcher bracketing and journaling will be included. Analysis will be accomplished through exploration of participant narratives by identifying individual central concerns, shared concerns, and shared meaning of the experience. Implications: This nursing research will provide a description of depression/depressive symptoms as may occur among Deaf individuals, and may lead to increased understanding and meaning of the phenomenon of depression as experienced by the deaf. In this way, improved communication and understanding between health care provider and deaf patient can be optimized. Such nursing knowledge may potentiate the earlier identification of deaf patients at risk for depression in the primary care setting. The knowledge gained from this study may enable nursing to collaborate with other members of the research community to reduce the significant disparities in mental health care for the Deaf, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality in this underserved population.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:16:59Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:16:59Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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