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Training needed to recognise depression in patients post heart attack

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Practice nurses should undergo brief training to ensure competence in depression screening and treatment in post-myocardial infarction patients, according to nurse researchers from Norwich.

They surveyed 106 general practitioners and 707 nurses on their knowledge and attitudes to depression after MI.

Writing online in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, the authors said: “Primary care practitioners underestimated the prevalence of depression in the post-MI population. Diagnosing depression was perceived as complex by both groups but significantly more so by nurses.”

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  • registered nurses should be able to recognise depression - FULL STOP - whatever other condition the patient has. Also it needs to be determined whether depression underlies another pathology or is the result of it!

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