01/12/2014 Medicine Psychology
DOI: 10.1017/S1754470X14000038 SemanticScholar ID: 147397639 MAG: 2313599612

Adapting manualized Behavioural Activation treatment for older adults with depression

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Abstract There is growing evidence that Behavioural Activation is an effective treatment for older adults with depression. However, there is a lack of detail given in studies about any adaptations made to interventions or efforts made to remove treatment barriers. Factors such as co-morbid physical health problems, cognitive impairment and problems with social support suggest there may be specific treatment considerations when developing interventions for this group. This article aims to describe adaptations made to a general adult Behavioural Activation manual using literature on treatment factors for older adults as an organizational framework. This information may be of use to mental health workers delivering behavioural interventions to older adults with depression and documents the initial phase of developing a complex intervention.

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Prof. Simon Gilbody

University of York - Director of the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group

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