Worsened depression

Percentage of long term care (default) or designated supportive living (click toggle to compare) residents whose mood from symptoms of depression worsened between assessments. (see data dictionary)

What do you think?

  • Looking at these results over time, are there any trends?
  • Looking at these results over time and between zones, are there differences?
  • After selecting a facility, are the site results changing over time? How do the most recent quarter results compare to the provincial and zone results?
  • When comparing sites with similarities like zone, setting (e.g., urban or rural), operator type (e.g., private), and size, how are the results different? What factors could account for these differences?

Whether you’re a resident, family member, provider, or health system administrator, thinking about why these differences might exist can start or inform conversations and lead to solutions for improved quality of healthcare.

Understanding “worsened depression”

This measure is a quality indicator (QI).

Experiencing depression is common among older persons living in long term care.  These people have experienced a number of life losses associated with chronic disease, the aging process, and the physical move from community into a care setting. Other common causes of depression for long term care residents include pain, lack of purpose, and loneliness.

Depression often goes unrecognized amongst older adults, more often in residents living with dementia.

Depression can potentially be lessened with person-centred care strategies (e.g., better relationships with care providers, improved health literacy and decision-making skills that promote independence) and continued involvement with their original home communities and activities.

Considerations when viewing the results:

When thinking about this quality indicator, providers and leaders can consider a number of things to better understand and improve these results. Some questions they could ask before taking action include:

  • How are sites currently recognizing depression? Are these approaches aligned with recommended practices?
  • How does cognitive impairment make it more difficult for staff to identify depression?
  • What options are available to staff to help address causes of depression?
  • For any activities that are implemented to help lessen depression, how is their effectiveness being measured?

The Health Quality Council of Alberta uses the Alberta Quality Matrix for Health as a way of organizing information and thinking around the complexity of the healthcare system. This measure can be used as input to assess long term care’s performance in these dimensions of quality:
LEARN MORE

Dimensions of Quality

  • Acceptability 
  • Accessibility 
  • Appropriateness 
  • Effectiveness 
  • Efficiency 
  • Safety