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Table 3 Staff responses to knowledge questions about the relationship between depression and various physical health issues

From: A preliminary study of aged care facility staff indicates limitations in awareness of the link between depression and physical morbidity

   Role Type  
   Professional Carers Professional Vs Carers
  N Correct Correct p
% (n) % (n)
True questions:     
Depression is a leading cause of functional impairment in the elderly 117 87.5 (28) 62.4 (53) 0.009
People with diabetes are more likely to be depressed 115 46.9 (15) 43.4 (36) NS
Persons with depression are more likely to have a stroke 113 34.4 (11) 35.8 (29) NS
Good management of arthritis leads to reductions in fatigue, anxiety, pain and depression 117 87.5 (28) 80.0 (68) NS
Persons who have depression following a stroke are more likely to die within two years 111 53.1 (17) 35.4 (28) NS
False questions:     
Antidepressants given to depressed persons following a stroke decrease survival rates 112 68.8 (22) 72.5 (58) NS
Persons who are depressed are no more likely to develop heart disease than persons who are not depressed 116 65.6 (21) 54.8 (46) NS
Cardiac rehabilitation does not improve depressive symptoms 117 68.8 (22) 56.5 (48) NS
People with asthma are no more likely to suffer from depression than people without asthma 116 50.0 (16) 60.7 (51) NS
Exercise has been found to increase depression and pain in persons with arthritis 116 78.1 (25) 79.8 (67) NS
  1. NS, not significant.