Psychiatric issues in palliative care: recognition of depression in patients enrolled in hospice care.

@article{Irwin2008PsychiatricII,
  title={Psychiatric issues in palliative care: recognition of depression in patients enrolled in hospice care.},
  author={Scott Irwin and Sanjai C Rao and Kim Bower and Joanna Palica and Sanjay S Rao and Jeanne E Maglione and Matthew Soskins and Amy E Betterton and Frank D Ferris},
  journal={Journal of palliative medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={11 2},
  pages={158-63}
}
Major depression is prevalent, difficult to assess, underrecognized, and undertreated in hospice settings. Furthermore, it is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. A retrospective chart review of 2716 patients receiving hospice care was conducted in order to determine the baseline rate of recognition of depression in patients with advanced, life-threatening illnesses by frontline hospice clinicians. Documentation of "depression" as either a diagnosis or problem was used as an… CONTINUE READING
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