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Revista de Salud Pública

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Abstract

F. FUREGATO, Antonia Regina; FERREIRA DA SILVA CANDIDO, Mariluci C  and  LOBO DA COSTA JR, Moacyr. Comparing Knowledge and Opinions on Depression among Nurses in the Health Services. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2009, vol.11, n.2, pp. 200-211. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0124-00642009000200005.

Objective This study aimed to compare nurses' knowledge and opinion about depression. Method Sample consisted of 101 nurses in the basic health care network in two cities in the state of São Paulo (Brazil). Subjects answered two questionnaires presented by WHO about knowledge and viewpoints regarding depression. Projects were approved by the Ethics Committee. Results The profile reveals that graduation time of Group A (Ribeirão Preto), with 28 subjects, is longer than Group B (São José do Rio Preto), with 73 subjects, and work mobility is higher for Group A. There were significative differences between the two groups (T= 0,012 and T=0, 666) in these questions. Group B showed greater interest in mental health. No significant differences occurred between the two groups, neither in relation to the knowledge nor in their opinion about depression (Med 7,0 and 7,3). Nevertheless, it was observed lack of specific knowledge, need of updating, lack of experience and unawareness of the importance of their therapeutic role for depressed patients. Conclusions There are differences in the profile of the two groups; however, there are no significant differences in their knowledge and opinion about depression. In both groups deficit of knowledge and unawareness of nurses about importance of their therapeutic role in depression is observed.

Keywords : Depression; nursing; mental health; primary care.

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