Depression and Anxiety: Assessment and Management in Hospitalized Patients with Serious Illness

Nathan Fairman, Jeremy M. Hirst, Scott A. Irwin

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Abstract

Symptoms of depression and anxiety, which are common among patients with advanced medical illness, can greatly amplify the suffering of patients and their loved ones. Fortunately, even among seriously ill patients, these symptoms can often be effectively treated, using both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments. As they may be the first to identify these symptoms, hospital clinicians can be important first-line diagnosticians and interventionalists for patients experiencing depression and anxiety. For these reasons, there is a great need for generalist competency in the identification, diagnosis, and management of depression and anxiety in palliative care patients in the acute care setting. This chapter reviews the identification and management of depression and anxiety from a palliative care perspective, with particular emphasis on hospital-based care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHospital-Based Palliative Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical, Evidence-Based Approach
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Pages71-91
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781118772607
ISBN (Print)9781118772577
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 24 2015

Keywords

  • Advanced medical illness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Palliative Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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