Depression in advanced physical illness: Diagnostic and treatment issues

Kelly, Brian J. and Turner, Jane (2009) Depression in advanced physical illness: Diagnostic and treatment issues. Medical Journal of Australia, 190 7: S90-S93.

Author Kelly, Brian J.
Turner, Jane
Title Depression in advanced physical illness: Diagnostic and treatment issues
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2009-04-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 190
Issue 7
Start page S90
End page S93
Total pages 4
Editor Martin Van Der Weyden
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Language eng
Subject C1
110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
111204 Cancer Therapy (excl. Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy)
920102 Cancer and Related Disorders
920410 Mental Health
Formatted abstract
• Assessing and managing depression and other forms of psychological distress in patients with advanced physical illness (such as advanced cancer) can be complex clinical tasks.

• Assessment of distress is complicated by the contribution of the physical disease and side effects of its treatment to symptoms.

• Clinical evidence has indentified factors that increase vulnerability to experiencing distress and interventions that can improve wellbeing in patients with serious physical illness, yet there are significant gaps in current practice and challenges for health professionals in addressing the core emotional concerns of patients with advanced physical illness.

• The 2003 publication Clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer provides evidence-based recommendations for providing psychosocial care.

• Implementing existing guidelines, including systematic assessment of risk and adapting interventions to reflect the precise needs of patients, requires strategies to help clinicians in the emotional dimensions of this caring role.

Keyword Cancer patients
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Thu, 03 Sep 2009, 18:06:16 EST by Mr Andrew Martlew on behalf of Psychiatry - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital