Strategies used by advanced practice psychiatric nurses in treating adults with depression

Evelyn Parrish, Ann Peden, Ruth Staten

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PURPOSE. Strategies used by psychiatric advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in treating clients with depression are described to explore their effectiveness. DESIGN AND METHODS. Ten APRNs participated in semistructured individual interviews for this qualitative descriptive study. The use of either a symptom severity scale or symptom reduction checklist was used to measure the effectiveness of the strategies used. FINDINGS. APRNs identified a biopsychosocial approach as the primary component of their treatment of clients with depression. Other strategies identified include psychopharmacology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and partnering with the client. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Treatment of depression can be enhanced with the incorporation of the biopsychosocial strategies along with standard treatment modalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-240
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2008


  • Biopsychosocial strategies
  • Depression
  • Psychiatric clinical nurse specialists
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioners

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health


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