Sunday, September 14, 2008

Intervention Delivered By Nurses Can Help Combat Depression In Cancer Patients

A team of Scottish researchers have shown that cancer patients offered a depression care intervention - delivered by specially trained oncology nurses with no previous psychiatric experience - showed improvements in symptoms of depression compared to patients offered usual care. The beneficial effects of the "Depression Care for People with Cancer" package (DCPC) were found to be sustained at 12 months follow-up, to the surprise of the investigators.

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