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Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care$
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Mari Lloyd-Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216420.001.0001

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Anxiety and Adjustment Disorders

Anxiety and Adjustment Disorders

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(p.115) Chapter 6 Anxiety and Adjustment Disorders
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Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care
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Steven D. Passik

Kenneth L. Kirsh

Mari Lloyd-Williams (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216420.003.0007

This chapter examines issues concerning anxiety and adjustment disorders experienced by patients in palliative care. Several studies have found that patients with advanced cancer often have co-morbid psychiatric problems including a high frequency of adjustment disorders and anxiety. While the identification of these disorders can be done by oncology staff, it is advisable for palliative care practitioners to work with other professionals, such as psychiatrists and psychologists, to provide appropriate mental health care and enhance the quality of life of the patient and family.

Keywords:   anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, palliative care, oncology, mental health care, psychiatrists, psychologists, quality of life, patients

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