As many as one in four people with cancer will experience depression during or after their treatment course. The effects of depression can impact the patient’s psychosocial well-being and disease outcomes. Depression is associated with poor treatment adherence, decreased quality of life, poor sleep, increased healthcare spending, increased suicide rates, and increased mortality. Although depression is a recognized problem in people with cancer, it is undetected by healthcare providers in up to 50% of cases.
The goal of this course is to provide nurses, physicians, dietitians, radiologic technologists, and pharmacists in the acute care setting with information about the occurrence of depression in people with cancer, including a review of symptoms, special considerations for patients undergoing treatment, screening tools, and available treatments.
Johny Bethea earned a B.S. Pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has earned certificates in Medication Therapy Management, Immunizations, and Asthma Therapy Management. He serves as Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services and has over 15 years of experience serving in areas behavioral health including as a psychiatric consultant pharmacist and the pharmaceutical industry. He develops clinical analytic solutions and provides clinical considerations. He has served on the Executive Board of Directors for CMHC’s and other medical organizations, pharmacy manager, as an APPE preceptor, and college of pharmacy dean’s advisory council.
Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND is a SME Writer focused on topics related to food, nutrition & dietetics for Relias. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has been a certified diabetes educator since 2003. Ms. Stefanski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a master's degree in Adult Education with a special focus on distance learning. She was an adjunct instructor in the Stabler Department of Nursing at York College of Pennsylvania for 13 years. Stefanski is the owner of Stefanski Nutrition Services where she specializes in pediatric nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues and sports nutrition. Stefanski serves as national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
Olive Peart, MS, RT(R)(M), is a SME Writer with Relias. She is an established author, radiographer and educator with years of experience as a radiologic technology program director. She has authored several radiology and mammography related textbooks. She also volunteers with RAD-AID international and served as a program manager with the Asha Jyoti: Women's Healthcare Mobile Outreach Programme, Chandigarh, India and currently serves as RAD-AID's Chief Mammography Technologist for the RAD-AID USA Women's Health Initiative.
Monica Caicedo Orellana, MS, RN, OCN, CNE is a SME writer for Relias with over 16 years of acute care experience in nursing. She is licensed as a professional registered nurse in the State of New York. She obtained her OCN certification in 2008. She has served in several leadership roles in the acute care setting, within the Medical Surgical Division, mentoring nurses in renal and oncology specialties and in the role of nurse educator. She has been involved in various institutional committees and quality improvement projects. Monica earned a master’s degree in nursing education from New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. In 2017 she obtained a CNE certification by the National League for Nursing. Monica is passionate about professional nursing standards, fostering an environment of continuous lifelong learning as an instrument to improve patient care.
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American Nurses Credentialing Center
District of Columbia Board of Nursing
Commission on Dietetic Registration
Georgia Board of Nursing
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
South Carolina Board of Nursing
Florida Board of Medicine
Florida Physician Assistants
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
New Mexico Board of Nursing
Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Ohio State Medical Board
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure
Mississippi State Department of Health Bureau of Professional Licensure Medical Radiation Technologists
Florida Board of Pharmacy
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Understanding Depression in Patients with Cancer
Symptoms of Depression
Current Clinical Situation
Risk Factors for Patients with Cancer
Current Healthcare Impact
Screening and Standards of Practice
Treatments for Depression
Section 3: Clinical Vignette
Section 3: Conclusion
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