“A new pilot study is getting underway in Rhode Island aimed at improving depression in nursing home rehabilitation patients, all through telemedicine. Geriatric mental health specialists from Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals will work with patients in the Evergreen House Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in East Providence to test the program.
Thomas Sheeran, Ph.D., M.E., a clinical psychologist in the department of psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital, is the principal investigator on the study. Sheeran says, “Depression is very common in nursing home patients, and there are not enough geriatric mental health professionals to provide services. We need to find creative ways to better help these individuals.”
News-Medical, 6 December 2011