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The Management of Depression in Patients with Cancer

ID: 19-4 May 2015
Type of Content: Guidelines & Advice, Clinical
Document Status: Current
Authors:
M. Li, E.B. Kennedy, N. Byrne, C. Gerin-Lajoie, E. Green, M.R. Katz, H. Keshavarz, S.M. Sellick , Management of Depression in Patients with Cancer Expert Panel

Guideline Objective

To improve the quality and consistency of the management of depression for patients with cancer in Ontario.

Patient Population

Adult patients with cancer who are diagnosed with a major depressive disorder based on a structured diagnostic interview, or who have a suspected depressive disorder based on meeting a threshold on a validated depression rating scale.

Intended Guideline Users

Mental healthcare providers (psychiatrists, psychologists), palliative care professionals, oncologists, oncology nurses, nurse practitioners, psychosocial intervention providers, primary care providers, and community nurses.

Research Question(s)

What are the effective treatments (pharmacological and/or psychological) for depression in the adult population with cancer?

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