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Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care$
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Mari Lloyd-Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216420.001.0001

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Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Depression in Palliative Care

Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Depression in Palliative Care

(p.129) Chapter 7 Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Depression in Palliative Care
Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care

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Yesne Alici Evcimen

Andreas J. Apostolatos

William Breitbart

Oxford University Press

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

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