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DNP Project


Depression is a significant public health issue that affects over 350 million people worldwide. Depression has been associated with decreased cognitive function and medication compliance in individuals with chronic liver disease (CLD); however, research indicates a lack of depression screening in this population among healthcare providers in the United States (U.S.). The purpose of this quality improvement project was to increase knowledge awareness of depression screening in individuals with CLD among healthcare providers in Miami, Florida. A descriptive, cross-sectional, pre- and posttest design was employed to conduct this project. Convenience sampling technique was utilized to recruit N = 18 participants and access data at a large hospital in Miami, Florida. The project, including the research-based educational intervention, was conducted remotely and participants completed demographic, pre-, and posttest surveys using Qualtrics and the modified Late-Life Depression Quiz (LLDQ) to assess their knowledge of awareness of depression screening in individuals with CLD. Results revealed a significant difference between pre- and posttest results, with an overall increase in knowledge awareness among healthcare providers after an educational intervention, t(17) = 4.533, p = 0.001, (p < 0.05). Healthcare providers should receive training in this area to reduce depression and improve health outcomes in populations with CLD.