Treatment of Depression in Nursing Homes

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by:
University of Louisville Identifier:
First received: March 14, 2003
Last updated: November 5, 2013
Last verified: January 2008
This study will implement a treatment for depression in a nursing home setting.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: Pleasant Events-Based Behavioral Intervention
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Behavioral Intervention for Depression in Nursing Homes

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Further study details as provided by University of Louisville:

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: April 2002
Study Completion Date: August 2006
Detailed Description:

Depression in long-term care facilities is a significant public health issue. Up to 50% of nursing home residents are affected by significant depressive symptoms. The decreased health and limited cognitive ability of many nursing home residents makes treatment and research extremely challenging. This study will attempt to identify and implement treatments for depressed nursing home residents.

Participants are randomly assigned to receive either an active intervention or treatment as usual for 6 weeks. The active intervention is followed by 4 weeks of maintenance. The intervention is implemented primarily by existing nursing facility staff and focuses on increasing opportunities for residents to experience pleasant events through increased levels of activity and positive affect. The maintenance treatment involves incorporation of protocol-based activities into patient care plans. Patients have a follow-up visit 12 weeks after the study. Psychiatric evaluations, depression and mood rating scales, observed affect and activity participation, behavior problems, and staff burden are assessed.


Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Nursing home residents
  • DSM-IV criteria for major depressive disorder or dysthymia or Research Diagnostic Criteria for minor depressive disorder with current Geriatric Depression Scale scores > 11 and Mini Mental State scores >= 14
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00056485

United States, Kentucky
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky, United States, 40292
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Louisville
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Suzanne Meeks, PhD University of Louisville
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Suzanne Meeks, Ph.D., Professor, University of Louisville Identifier: NCT00056485     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21 MH63073, R21MH063073, DSIR GT-GS
Study First Received: March 14, 2003
Last Updated: November 5, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by University of Louisville:
Nursing homes

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders processed this record on November 24, 2015