Wang J, Simmons SF, Maxwell CA, Schlundt DG, Mion LC. Home Health Nurses' Perspectives and Care Processes Related to Older Persons with Frailty and Depression: A Mixed Method Pilot Study. Journal of community health nursing. 35(35). 118-136. PMID: 30024285 [PubMed]
The objectives of this study were (1) to describe home health care (HHC) nurses' perception of and care processes related to geriatric depression and frailty, and (2) to identify barriers to care delivery for older persons with these two conditions. Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted with HHC nurses, and 16 HHC nursing visits to 16 older patients (≥65 years) were observed. Mixed method analysis showed that HHC nurses did not routinely assess for frailty and depression. Major barriers to care delivery included insufficient training, documentation burden, limited reimbursement, and high caseload. Addressing these barriers would facilitate HHC nursing care for frail, depressed elders.