During any one-year period, about 10% of the population suffers from a depression. And the risk of suicide is increased in people with depression, with about 60% of those committing suicide experiencing depression at the time. The World Health Organization projected in 2004 that depression would rank first in the global burden of disease.In the U.S., 38,364 people died by suicide in 2010. The number of suicide attempts — 25 times higher than actual suicides — is of grave concern. Early detection, assessment, and effective intervention are vital in caring for patients with medical illnesses who may also be suffering from depression. Patients with medical illness are at risk for depression, and depression may be complicating treatment and the ability to recuperate effectively. Underdiagnosed and undertreated depression may be taking an enormous toll on the resources of both the patient and the family.
The goal of this continuing education program is to help nurses, physicians, dietitians, dietary managers, EMTs and paramedics, health educators, laboratory professionals, occupational therapists, radiologic technologists and social workers to recognize depression and to identify supportive measures to help patients and their loved ones decrease the risk of suicide. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the association between chronic medical conditions and the risk of depression and suicide
- List three factors that make patients vulnerable to suicide
- Differentiate among suicide attempts, gestures, threats and ideation, and identify three risk factors for suicide
- Distinguish between mood and affect as they relate to the assessment for depression
- List two core symptoms of major depression
- Identify the difference between mood changes due to grief and those due to depression
- Describe the clinician’s role in supporting patients with depression
- Describe the ability of healthcare professionals to recognize and treat depression
- Explain the function of psychotherapy in the treatment of depression
- Identify one method healthcare professionals may use to examine personal attitudes about the stigma of depression and suicide
- Describe two patient self-care treatment plan components
- Identify two family education and support needs regarding depression
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, physicians and social workers.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with performance indicators of 8.3.6, 8.3.7.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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