Cancer and Depression: Underdiagnosed and Undertreated - JA0008057-0000-19-237-H04-P

Cancer and Depression: Underdiagnosed and Undertreated

by Jennifer Miller, MSN, RN, CMSRN
JA0008057-0000-19-237-H04-P
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This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy (1.00 Contact Hr)

Summary:

Up to 25% of people with cancer experience clinical depression, which can affect their disease outcome, compliance with treatment, and quality of life. Despite this, depression is known to be underdiagnosed and undertreated in people with cancer. Several factors contribute to this situation. There are several validated screening tools that can be easily used in a variety of settings, along with standards of practice that providers can follow to treat depression. Multiple healthcare disciplines can contribute to the patient's plan of care related to depression, including patient education, making appropriate community referrals, coordinating psychotherapy, medication management, and complementary and alternative therapies. Consistent routine screening of psychosocial distress along with knowledgeable healthcare team members can result in early identification and treatment of depression, which contributes to better patient outcomes.

Objectives:

The goal of this continuing education module is to provide nurses, physicians, pharmacists, dietitians, and radiologic technologists with information about the occurrence of depression in people with cancer, including symptoms, special considerations for patients undergoing treatment, screening tools, and available treatments. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Indicate two reasons that depression is underdiagnosed and undertreated in patients with cancer
  • Identify three potential negative effects of depression on the well-being of a patient with cancer
  • Describe three interprofessional interventions that can be recommended for patients with cancer who are experiencing depression
 

 
Accreditation Information
 
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, dietitians, imaging and radiation therapists, pharmacists, and physicians.
 
Pharmacists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
 
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
 
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
 
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
 
Hours dedicated to pharmacology: 0.25 contact hours
 
Type of Activity: Knowledge
 
Initial Release Date: 03/01/2019; Planned Expiration Date: 12/31/2019