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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative
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David Kissane, Barry Bultz, Phyllis Butow, and Ilora Finlay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.001.0001

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Ambulatory care nurses responding to depression

Ambulatory care nurses responding to depression

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(p.439) Chapter 37 Ambulatory care nurses responding to depression
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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care
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Anthony De La Cruz

Richard Brown

Steve Passik

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.003.0037

A significant percentage of cancer patients develop concomitant psychiatric disorders, such as adjustment disorders, demoralisation, and depression; and those with advanced disease are a particularly vulnerable group. Or not infrequently, oncology nurses providing ambulatory care may develop long and enduring relationships with their patients. They often spend more time with their patients than other health professionals do, so they may be better able to identify problems and provide specific interventions. Because nurses are in a key position to identify and respond to a patient's emotional distress, their ability to establish a dialogue about emerging symptoms is invaluable. This chapter describes a model of core communication components consisting of strategies, skills, and process tasks. This model will enable nurses to gain an understanding of the patient's experience and assist in the recognition and treatment of depression.

Keywords:   cancer patients, nurses, oncology, depression, communication, treatment, ambulatory care

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