Evidence Based Guidelines to Improve Engagement and Participation for People Experiencing Depression

1Danielle Hitch, Michelle Taylor, Dr. Genevieve Pepin and Dr. Karen Stagnitti


Background Depression can have a strongly negative impact on a person’s ability to engage with and participate in activities of daily living. Clinicians currently seeking guidance on best practice in this area currently need to access and critique a wide range of evidence from a number of disciplines. While some clinical practice guidelines are available, this form of evidence presentation presents several barriers to implementation. Procedures This article proposes a new procedure for developing guidance for clinicians, known as evidence based guidelines. The purpose of the guidelines presented here is to provide guidance on appropriate assessment and intervention strategies with people experiencing depression, who wish to improve their engagement and participation in daily activities. They were constructed using a multiple methods procedure, with five phases. Results Evidence based guidelines for the general population, older adults and people with co-morbid physical conditions are presented at the conclusion of this article. Conclusion The procedure described here produces evidence based guidelines with built in measures to promote implementation into practice. The resulting guidelines for depression will enable clinicians from all disciplines to engage in best practice, and assist people with depression participate more fully in their lives.


depression, evidence based practice, participation, practice guidelines

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