Daniel W O'Connor

Summary

Affiliation: Monash University
Country: Australia

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Depression in primary care. 1: elderly patients' disclosure of depressive symptoms to their doctors
    D W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 13:359-65. 2001
  2. doi request reprint The safety and tolerability of clozapine in aged patients: a retrospective clinical file review
    Daniel W O'Connor
    School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    World J Biol Psychiatry 11:788-91. 2010
  3. doi request reprint Psychosocial treatments of behavior symptoms in dementia: a systematic review of reports meeting quality standards
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 21:225-40. 2009
  4. doi request reprint Different responses to K-10 and CIDI suggest that complex structured psychiatric interviews underestimate rates of mental disorder in old people
    D W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Psychol Med 39:1527-31. 2009
  5. doi request reprint Psychosocial treatments of psychological symptoms in dementia: a systematic review of reports meeting quality standards
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 21:241-51. 2009
  6. doi request reprint The effectiveness of continuation-maintenance ECT in reducing depressed older patients' hospital re-admissions
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    J Affect Disord 120:62-6. 2010
  7. doi request reprint Mental health scales and psychiatric diagnoses: responses to GHQ-12, K-10 and CIDI across the lifespan
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    J Affect Disord 121:263-7. 2010
  8. doi request reprint Continuation-maintenance electroconvulsive therapy: quality standards in 3 Australian aged psychiatry services
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    J ECT 26:95-7. 2010
  9. doi request reprint Differences in older people's responses to CIDI's depression screening and diagnostic questions may point to age-related bias
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    J Affect Disord 125:361-4. 2010
  10. doi request reprint Changes to psychotropic medications in the six months after admission to nursing homes in Melbourne, Australia
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Aged Mental Health Research Unit, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 22:1149-53. 2010

Detail Information

Publications48

  1. ncbi request reprint Depression in primary care. 1: elderly patients' disclosure of depressive symptoms to their doctors
    D W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 13:359-65. 2001
    ..A companion article considers factors contributing to general practitioners' (GPs') recognition of major depressive episode when it was present...
  2. doi request reprint The safety and tolerability of clozapine in aged patients: a retrospective clinical file review
    Daniel W O'Connor
    School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    World J Biol Psychiatry 11:788-91. 2010
    ..A clinical file review was conducted of clozapine use in three aged psychiatry services in Melbourne, Australia, to compare its safety and tolerability with findings reported in the literature...
  3. doi request reprint Psychosocial treatments of behavior symptoms in dementia: a systematic review of reports meeting quality standards
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 21:225-40. 2009
    ..Psychosocial treatments are defined here as strategies derived from one of three psychologically oriented paradigms (learning theory, unmet needs and altered stress thresholds)...
  4. doi request reprint Different responses to K-10 and CIDI suggest that complex structured psychiatric interviews underestimate rates of mental disorder in old people
    D W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Psychol Med 39:1527-31. 2009
    ..This paper explores the possibility that complex interviews present a special challenge to older respondents and thereby exaggerate the decline in mental disorder with age...
  5. doi request reprint Psychosocial treatments of psychological symptoms in dementia: a systematic review of reports meeting quality standards
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 21:241-51. 2009
    ..This paper provides a systematic review of selected experimental studies of the effectiveness of psychosocial treatments in reducing psychological symptoms in dementia (e.g. anxiety, depression, irritability and social withdrawal)...
  6. doi request reprint The effectiveness of continuation-maintenance ECT in reducing depressed older patients' hospital re-admissions
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    J Affect Disord 120:62-6. 2010
    ....
  7. doi request reprint Mental health scales and psychiatric diagnoses: responses to GHQ-12, K-10 and CIDI across the lifespan
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    J Affect Disord 121:263-7. 2010
    ..Before concluding that scales present a fairer picture of aged mental health, it is important to check if scores are inflated by items that might reflect normal involutional changes in cognition, energy and social role...
  8. doi request reprint Continuation-maintenance electroconvulsive therapy: quality standards in 3 Australian aged psychiatry services
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    J ECT 26:95-7. 2010
    ....
  9. doi request reprint Differences in older people's responses to CIDI's depression screening and diagnostic questions may point to age-related bias
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    J Affect Disord 125:361-4. 2010
    ..As a check on age-related bias, we now compare responses to CIDI's depression screening questions with responses to subsequent, simpler questions about other depressive symptoms...
  10. doi request reprint Changes to psychotropic medications in the six months after admission to nursing homes in Melbourne, Australia
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Aged Mental Health Research Unit, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 22:1149-53. 2010
    ..Previous studies suggest that antipsychotic medications are often unnecessary and can be withdrawn without ill effects. Depression, in contrast, is believed to be under-recognized and under-treated...
  11. ncbi request reprint A survey of publicly funded aged psychiatry services in Australia and New Zealand
    Daniel O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
    Aust N Z J Psychiatry 40:368-73. 2006
    ..To map the size and distribution of publicly funded aged psychiatry (psychogeriatric) services in Australia and New Zealand in 2003...
  12. ncbi request reprint Psychotic symptoms in the elderly--assessment and management
    Daniel O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Aged Mental Health Service, Victoria
    Aust Fam Physician 35:106-8. 2006
    ..Psychotic symptoms in the elderly arise in mood disorders, schizophrenia, dementia, and delirium...
  13. ncbi request reprint Do older Australians truly have low rates of anxiety and depression? A critique of the 1997 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Kingston Centre, Warrigal Road, Cheltenham, Victoria 3192, Australia
    Aust N Z J Psychiatry 40:623-31. 2006
    ..Functional mental disorders almost certainly rise in frequency in advanced old age, often in conjunction with dementia...
  14. ncbi request reprint Depression in primary care. 2: general practitioners' recognition of major depression in elderly patients
    D W O'Connor
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 13:367-74. 2001
    ..This and the preceding article in this issue examine (a) factors responsible for older patients' decision to report depressive symptoms to their doctor and (b) general practitioners' (GPs') recognition of depression when it was present...
  15. doi request reprint A randomized crossover trial to study the effect of personalized, one-to-one interaction using Montessori-based activities on agitation, affect, and engagement in nursing home residents with Dementia
    Eva S van der Ploeg
    Aged Mental Health Research Unit, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 25:565-75. 2013
    ..The aim of the current study is to test if personalized one-to-one interaction activities based on Montessori principles will improve agitation, affect, and engagement more than a relevant control condition...
  16. doi request reprint Specialist mental health consultation for depression in Australian aged care residents with dementia: a cluster randomized trial
    Kate McSweeney
    Aged Mental Health Research Unit, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 27:1163-71. 2012
    ..This cluster randomized controlled trial sought to determine whether multidisciplinary specialist mental health consultation was more effective than care as usual in treating the depression of aged care residents with dementia...
  17. doi request reprint The potential of volunteers to implement non-pharmacological interventions to reduce agitation associated with dementia in nursing home residents
    Eva S van der Ploeg
    Aged Mental Health Research Unit, Monash University, Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 24:1790-7. 2012
    ..However, these interventions are frequently not implemented in nursing homes due to staffing constraints. This study explores the potential of volunteers to further assist staff...
  18. ncbi request reprint Family carers' responses to behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
    Sandy Ward
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Clayton 3168, Australia
    Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 18:1007-12. 2003
    ..To describe the responses of family carers to the behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia...
  19. doi request reprint Cognition in elderly patients receiving unilateral and bilateral electroconvulsive therapy: a prospective, naturalistic comparison
    Daniel W O'Connor
    Aged Mental Health Research Unit, Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    J Affect Disord 124:235-40. 2010
    ..Little is known of the relative effectiveness and tolerability of the two placements in the treatment of elderly, severely depressed inpatients...
  20. pmc The study protocol of a cluster-randomised controlled trial of family-mediated personalised activities for nursing home residents with dementia
    Eva S van der Ploeg
    Aged Mental Health Research Unit, Monash University, Melbourne Australia, Postal address Kingston Centre, Warrigal Road, Cheltenham, VIC 3192, Australia
    BMC Geriatr 12:2. 2012
    ..The current study will investigate the effect of individualised activities based on the Montessori methodology administered by family carers in residential care...
  21. ncbi request reprint What was good about admission to an aged psychiatry ward? The subjective experiences of patients with depression
    Penelope A Pollitt
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 20:628-40. 2008
    ..Negative experiences have been described in an earlier paper. This paper focuses on what study participants considered to be the positive aspects of their time in hospital...
  22. ncbi request reprint Challenging behaviours in nursing home residents with dementia: a randomized controlled trial of multidisciplinary interventions
    Janet Opie
    Aged Mental Health Research Group, Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Clayton 3168, Australia
    Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 17:6-13. 2002
    ..To test the premise that individually tailored psychosocial, nursing and medical interventions to nursing home residents with dementia will reduce the frequency and severity of behavioural symptoms...
  23. doi request reprint A comparison of verbal communication and psychiatric medication use by Greek and Italian residents with dementia in Australian ethno-specific and mainstream aged care facilities
    Susannah J Runci
    Aged Mental Health Research Unit, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 24:733-41. 2012
    ..This project compared verbal communication and prescribed psychiatric medication of Greek and Italian residents with dementia in ethno-specific and mainstream residential care...
  24. doi request reprint The change in electrical energy delivered to aged patients over a course of moderate dose unilateral electroconvulsive therapy
    Chris Plakiotis
    School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Psychogeriatrics 10:187-90. 2010
    ..If energy levels are kept low to make treatment safer, the result might be that patients' recovery is delayed. We report here on changes in prescribed energy over a course of six unilateral treatments...
  25. ncbi request reprint Language use of older Italian-background persons with dementia in mainstream and ethno-specific residential care
    Susannah J Runci
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 17:699-708. 2005
    ..The communication of persons with dementia and limited English language proficiency in residential care is an area that has received little attention in the research literature...
  26. ncbi request reprint Transdermal estrogen patches for aggressive behavior in male patients with dementia: a randomized, controlled trial
    Kathryn A Hall
    The Aged Mental Health Research Unit, Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Kingston Centre, Warrigal Road, Cheltenham, Victoria 3192, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 17:165-78. 2005
    ..To investigate the efficacy and tolerability of transdermal estrogen patches for the adjunctive treatment of aggressive behavior in male patients with advanced dementia...
  27. doi request reprint Has electroconvulsive therapy use remained stable over time? A decade of electroconvulsive therapy service provision in Victoria, Australia
    Chris Plakiotis
    School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
    Aust N Z J Psychiatry 46:522-31. 2012
    ....
  28. pmc Evaluation of personalised, one-to-one interaction using Montessori-type activities as a treatment of challenging behaviours in people with dementia: the study protocol of a crossover trial
    Eva S van der Ploeg
    Aged Mental Health Research Unit, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    BMC Geriatr 10:3. 2010
    ..The aim of the current study is to test if personalised one-to-one interaction activities based on Montessori principles will reduce the frequency of behavioural symptoms of dementia significantly more than a relevant control condition...
  29. pmc A randomized, controlled cross-over trial of dermally-applied lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) oil as a treatment of agitated behaviour in dementia
    Daniel W O'Connor
    School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Kingston Centre, Warrigal Road, Cheltenham, Victoria 3192, Australia
    BMC Complement Altern Med 13:315. 2013
    ..To help remedy previous methodological shortcomings, we delivered high grade lavender oil in specified amounts to nursing home residents whose agitated behaviours were recorded objectively...
  30. ncbi request reprint Correlates of aggressive behavior in dementia
    Kathryn A Hall
    Aged Mental Health Research Group, Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Kingston Centre, Warrigal Road, Cheltenham, Victoria 3192, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 16:141-58. 2004
    ..It was intended that such a summary would provide a useful clinical aid when assessing patients with behavioral symptoms and a starting point for undertaking research in this area...
  31. pmc Efficacy and safety of risperidone long-acting injection in elderly people with schizophrenia
    Dhiren Singh
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Clin Interv Aging 4:351-5. 2009
    ..Further research into its endocrine and metabolic side effects is needed...
  32. ncbi request reprint Are patients with severe depression traumatized by admission to an aged psychiatry ward?
    Penelope A Pollitt
    Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 19:115-23. 2007
    ..This paper focuses on the evidence of trauma and PTSD associated with admission to an aged psychiatry ward...
  33. doi request reprint A review of the cognitive effects of electroconvulsive therapy in older adults
    Betina K Gardner
    Aged Mental Health Research Unit, Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
    J ECT 24:68-80. 2008
    ..To review studies that examined the impact of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on cognitive functioning in depressed older people...
  34. doi request reprint Are reports of cognitive testing among older electroconvulsive therapy recipients clinically valid?
    Chris Plakiotis
    From the School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and Ministry of Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    J ECT 30:26-9. 2014
    ..This study examines whether cognitive test participants and nonparticipants are comparable...
  35. doi request reprint Responding to the death of a resident in aged care facilities: perspectives of staff and residents
    Heather M Tan
    Palliative Care Research Unit, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, P O Box 527, Frankston, Victoria 3199, Australia
    Geriatr Nurs 34:41-6. 2013
    ..Both groups agreed that the celebration of the life of a resident was important, although they differed in their preferences for the way this is done. These findings have implications for staff education and practice...
  36. doi request reprint Expanding Australian psychiatry training settings beyond metropolitan public hospitals: background and issues
    Yolanda Schweizer
    RANZCP, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
    Australas Psychiatry 17:389-93. 2009
    ....
  37. doi request reprint The feasibility of volunteers facilitating personalized activities for nursing home residents with dementia and agitation
    Eva S van der Ploeg
    School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    Geriatr Nurs 35:142-6. 2014
    ..As a result, some of the neediest residents receive the least social and psychological support...
  38. doi request reprint A literature review of spaced-retrieval interventions: a direct memory intervention for people with dementia
    Alexandra S Creighton
    Aged Mental Health Research Unit, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 25:1743-63. 2013
    ..This review describes the use of spaced-retrieval as a method to teach new information and reduce behavioral problems in people with dementia...
  39. pmc Balance and gait in older electroconvulsive therapy recipients: a pilot study
    Chris Plakiotis
    School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic, Australia MonashHealth, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
    Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat 9:805-12. 2013
    ..Our aim was to examine changes in balance and gait among older adults before and after a single ECT session and explore the effect of patient-related and treatment factors on any changes found...
  40. pmc The study protocol of a blinded randomised-controlled cross-over trial of lavender oil as a treatment of behavioural symptoms in dementia
    Eva S van der Ploeg
    Aged Mental Health Research Unit, Monash University, Kingston Centre, Warrigal Road, Cheltenham, Melbourne, VIC 3192, Australia
    BMC Geriatr 10:49. 2010
    ..The aim of the current study is to test the effectiveness of topically applied pure lavender oil in reducing actual counts of challenging behaviours in nursing home residents...
  41. doi request reprint Depression and anxiety in medically unwell older adults: prevalence and short-term course
    Christina Bryant
    School of Behavioural Science, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 21:754-63. 2009
    ..The objective of this study was to examine the prevalence and short-term course of depression and anxiety in a sample of hospitalized, medically unwell older adults, using both a symptom measure and a diagnostic instrument...
  42. ncbi request reprint Metal-protein attenuation with iodochlorhydroxyquin (clioquinol) targeting Abeta amyloid deposition and toxicity in Alzheimer disease: a pilot phase 2 clinical trial
    Craig W Ritchie
    Departments of Pathology, The University of Melbourne, The Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
    Arch Neurol 60:1685-91. 2003
    ..Alzheimer disease (AD) may be caused by the toxic accumulation of beta-amyloid (Abeta)...
  43. ncbi request reprint The combination of cognitive testing and an informant questionnaire in screening for dementia
    Richard Knafelc
    Bundoora Extended Care Centre, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
    Age Ageing 32:541-7. 2003
    ..Aim: A cognitive test and an informant report questionnaire were used together to investigate whether their combined use could improve the accuracy of detecting dementia in a memory clinic, compared with either test used alone...
  44. doi request reprint The positive effect of integrated care on depressive symptoms in stroke survivors
    Jacques Joubert
    Department of Neurology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
    Cerebrovasc Dis 26:199-205. 2008
    ..Depressive symptoms occur in approximately one-third of stroke patients. We sought to evaluate whether an integrated model of stroke care and secondary prevention reduced depressive symptomatology in stroke survivors...
  45. doi request reprint Addressing population aging and Alzheimer's disease through the Australian imaging biomarkers and lifestyle study: collaboration with the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative
    Kathryn A Ellis
    Department of Psychiatry, Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, University of Melbourne, Kew, Victoria, Australia
    Alzheimers Dement 6:291-6. 2010
    ..Cross-sectional analysis of baseline data is revealing links between cognition, brain amyloid burden, structural brain changes, biomarkers, and lifestyle...
  46. doi request reprint The episodic buffer and learning in early Alzheimer's disease
    Carmela Germano
    La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    J Clin Exp Neuropsychol 30:627-38. 2008
    ..The overall pattern of results indicates a staging of working-memory impairment in early Alzheimer's disease...
  47. doi request reprint The Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) study of aging: methodology and baseline characteristics of 1112 individuals recruited for a longitudinal study of Alzheimer's disease
    Kathryn A Ellis
    Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, St Vincent s Aged Psychiatry Service, St George s Hospital, Victoria, Australia
    Int Psychogeriatr 21:672-87. 2009
    ..This paper describes the recruitment of the cohort and gives information about the study methodology, baseline demography, diagnoses, medical comorbidities, medication use, and cognitive function of the participants...
  48. ncbi request reprint Electroconvulsive therapy in New Zealand: terrifying or electrifying?
    Pamela Melding
    Mental Health Services, Waitemata District Health Board, Takapuna, Auckland 1309
    N Z Med J 119:U2051. 2006
    ..These new findings demonstrate that cognitive deficits and structural brain changes play important roles in serious depression and suggest that early and adequate treatment of major depression should be paramount...