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Nurses 'miss' depression

6th October 2010

A new study has found that nurses struggle to recognise depression and distress in patients.

The findings from the University of Leicester say that although nurses are at the front line of caring for people, they are given little training in mental health. Analysis found that 7,000 nurses and healthcare assistants often overlooked depression in clinical settings. The research team led by consultant in psycho-oncology at Leicestershire Partnership Trust Dr Alex Mitchell are developing simple methods to help recognise mood problems.

 

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