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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 85
Title: Knowledge Development for Mental Health of Older Adults
Lead Author: Buckwalter, Kathleen C.
Abstract: Both the U.S. Surgeon General and the Presidents Commission identified the mental health of older Americans as a critical public health issue for the 21st century. About one in five older adults (7.5 million) currently has a diagnosable mental disorder. This number is expected to double in the next two and one-half decades, reaching 15 million by 2030. The demands, challenges and research opportunities arising from this issue include: 1) preparing a sufficient cadre of geropsychiatric nurse researchers; 2) developing the evidence base to adequately care for the growing number of older adults with psychiatric, substance misuse, and cognitive disorders; and 3) addressing the theoretical and methodological challenges to developing this evidence base. This paper is written from a nursing perspective, but lack of preparation in geropsychiatric research and best practices cuts across all the core mental health disciplines: medicine, psychology, social work, and nursing. Broad-based psychosocial, psychiatric, neurobiological and medical knowledge, generated by rigorous research and translated to a wide range of clinical settings, is necessary to meet current and projected mental health needs of older adults. This paper addresses selected challenges in the context of future research, beginning with the need in geropsychiatric nursing.
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