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Depression is a symptom in a quarter of patients admitted to a palliative care unit, but little is known of how depression in terminally ill patients is treated. We reviewed 1046 consecutive patient admissions, of whom 106 (10%) were prescribed antidepressant medication while under the care of a palliative care team. Of these patients, 21 were prescribed(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)
OBJECTIVES This cross-sectional survey investigated whether there were ethnic differences in depressive symptoms among British South Asian (BSA) patients with cancer compared with British White (BW) patients during 9 months following presentation at a UK Cancer Centre. We examined associations between depressed mood, coping strategies and the burden of(More)
Individuals present themselves to others through a variety of verbal and non-verbal behaviors. Appearance represents a non-verbal behavior which consumes a significant amount of our time, effort, and thought. We create and monitor our appearances in relation to cultural standards of attractiveness, relying on a wide range of appearance products and services(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)
AIM To assess the effect of patient physician trust on how British South Asian (BSA) and British White (BW) patients cope when diagnosed with cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS We administered a questionnaire incorporating domains of fidelity, honesty, competence, confidentiality and global trust. The patient-physician relationship most preferred by the(More)
Hospital inpatients are regularly involved in medical student teaching. The Leicestershire Hospice recently became more involved in such undergraduate activity by teaching second-year students basic clinical skills. As this was a new venture for the unit, it was thought important to seek the patients' feelings about taking part. This was done by(More)
AIMS To compare knowledge about the outcome of cancer treatment and beliefs about the causes of cancer among British South Asian (BSA) cancer patients of predominantly Gujarati origin with the beliefs held by British White (BW) cancer patients. We also wanted to determine if these beliefs impacted upon the patients' mental health. MATERIALS AND METHODS We(More)
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