The Effectiveness of an Educational Program on Mental Illnesses in the Elderly with Community Providers

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163264
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Effectiveness of an Educational Program on Mental Illnesses in the Elderly with Community Providers
Author(s):
Tlasek-Wolfson, Mary E.; Sheldon, Sandra; Grant, Gary; Rabins, Peter V.; Robbins, Beatrice; Rye, Rebecca
Author Details:
Mary E. Tlasek-Wolfson, MScN, University of Maryland Medical Center, Behavioral Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, email: mwolfson@umm.edu; Sandra Sheldon; Gary Grant; Peter V. Rabins, MD; Beatrice Robbins; Rebecca Rye
Abstract:
Purpose: This study reports on the effects of an educational program presented to 68 community agency personnel who provide supportive services to the elderly population who reside in Baltimore City, Maryland. Theoretical Framework: Even though the elderly are susceptible to psychiatric disorders (15-25%), only a small percentage (4-6%) ever receive professional help. Data on meeting the mental health needs of the elderly in the community suggest that the provision of teaching programs to providers who deal with the mentally ill elderly can favorably impact the elderly's treatment needs. Methods (Design, Sample, Setting, Measures, Analysis): A pre-test/post-test group design was employed. A 54-item combined multiple choice and matching test was constructed with the items being a representative sample of clearly specified learning tasks of the educational program. A one-way between subjects ANCOVA was used to evaluate cognitive achievement and psychiatric referrals. Results: Community agency personnel acquired greater knowledge about mental illnesses in the elderly (p< .001), and developed a greater awareness of symptoms requiring a referral for a psychiatric consult (p< .05). Conclusions and Implications: The results of the educational program suggest that one of the ways to address unrecognized and untreated mental illnesses in the elderly is through non-traditional models of treatment, where the primary focus with community agencies is increasing the awareness mental health problems and mental health resources through education.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Name:
18th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Description:
�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Effectiveness of an Educational Program on Mental Illnesses in the Elderly with Community Providersen_GB
dc.contributor.authorTlasek-Wolfson, Mary E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSheldon, Sandraen_US
dc.contributor.authorGrant, Garyen_US
dc.contributor.authorRabins, Peter V.en_US
dc.contributor.authorRobbins, Beatriceen_US
dc.contributor.authorRye, Rebeccaen_US
dc.author.detailsMary E. Tlasek-Wolfson, MScN, University of Maryland Medical Center, Behavioral Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, email: mwolfson@umm.edu; Sandra Sheldon; Gary Grant; Peter V. Rabins, MD; Beatrice Robbins; Rebecca Ryeen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163264-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: This study reports on the effects of an educational program presented to 68 community agency personnel who provide supportive services to the elderly population who reside in Baltimore City, Maryland. Theoretical Framework: Even though the elderly are susceptible to psychiatric disorders (15-25%), only a small percentage (4-6%) ever receive professional help. Data on meeting the mental health needs of the elderly in the community suggest that the provision of teaching programs to providers who deal with the mentally ill elderly can favorably impact the elderly's treatment needs. Methods (Design, Sample, Setting, Measures, Analysis): A pre-test/post-test group design was employed. A 54-item combined multiple choice and matching test was constructed with the items being a representative sample of clearly specified learning tasks of the educational program. A one-way between subjects ANCOVA was used to evaluate cognitive achievement and psychiatric referrals. Results: Community agency personnel acquired greater knowledge about mental illnesses in the elderly (p< .001), and developed a greater awareness of symptoms requiring a referral for a psychiatric consult (p< .05). Conclusions and Implications: The results of the educational program suggest that one of the ways to address unrecognized and untreated mental illnesses in the elderly is through non-traditional models of treatment, where the primary focus with community agencies is increasing the awareness mental health problems and mental health resources through education.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:04:21Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:04:21Z-
dc.conference.date2006en_US
dc.conference.name18th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationCherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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