Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Depression in Palliative Care

Hayley Pessin, Yesne Alici Evcimen, Andreas J. Apostolatos and William Breitbart

in Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care

Second edition

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216420
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730306 | DOI:
Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Depression in Palliative Care

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This chapter examines the growing importance of diagnosis and treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders in patients with terminal cancer. Depression is a common complication among patients receiving end of life care that continues to be under-recognized and remains a source of considerable suffering. The amelioration of depression is essential in order to provide effective and comprehensive palliative care, as it will minimize prolonged suffering, maximize the potential for a meaningful existence, and help provide a higher quality of life for patients near the end of life.

Keywords: depression; terminally ill; psychiatric disorders; terminal care; palliative care; quality of life

Chapter.  11650 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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