Mari Lloyd-Williams

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BACKGROUND The development of a brief valid tool to screen for depression in patients with advanced cancer is important. This paper reports data on the psychometric properties of the Brief Edinburgh Depression Scale. METHOD Two hundred and forty six patients who fulfilled the inclusion criteria completed the 10-item EDS and Present State Examination. (More)
Depression is difficult to diagnose in the terminally ill patient. As a result, it frequently is not treated. This has can have an adverse effect on quality of life and make the palliation of physical symptoms more difficult. In an effort to improve the detection of depression, many palliative care teams are using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression (HAD)(More)
It is estimated that 25% of palliative care patients will have identifiable symptoms of depression. Near the end of life, the distinction between what can be called "appropriate sadness" and depression may be difficult. Many palliative care units use rating scales to help identify patients who may be depressed. It is believed that symptoms such as guilt,(More)
It is estimated that for a quarter of all patients with advanced metastatic cancer, depression will be significant symptom. However up to 80% of the psychological and psychiatric morbidity which develops in cancer patients goes unrecognised and untreated. One of the main difficulties in establishing a diagnosis of an illness where there are no biological(More)
OBJECTIVE When parents are diagnosed with cancer, children experience significant distress. There is little information regarding the nature of this distress and how children cope, particularly when a parent is diagnosed with advanced cancer. This study aimed to explore how children cope, and to identify areas where there may be barriers to children(More)
Dementia is a progressive terminal disease. More than 95% of patients will require 24-hour care either in long-stay hospital wards or in nursing homes at the end of life. There are many issues in the care of patients with dementia that parallel palliative cancer care, but relatively few patients with dementia currently access palliative care. Following an(More)
The failure of health care information systems is a topic of critical importance for information management professionals. Such failure is also important for the consumers of health services who rely on the informed activity of health care workers for their well-being. This article presents case studies of two information systems projects within the British(More)
It is widely recognised by clinicians that depression is a difficult symptom to identify amongst patients with advanced illness. Many of the symptoms of depression are difficult to elicit in patients who are approaching the end of life. Additionally, many believe that a 'degree' of depression is almost normal as patients approach life's end. More recently(More)
Breathlessness, cough and fatigue are distressing symptoms for patients with lung cancer. There is evidence that these three symptoms form a discreet symptom cluster. This study aimed to feasibly test a new non-pharmacological intervention for the management of the Respiratory Distress Symptom Cluster (breathlessness-cough-fatigue) in lung cancer. This was(More)
Much work on the role of general practitioners within palliative care has focused on those working in densely populated inner city areas. This study was undertaken to evaluate the provision of palliative care and training needs of general practitioners in North Wales, a predominantly rural area. Questionnaires were sent to all 240 GPs and 94 responded(More)