Cancer and Depression: Underdiagnosed and Undertreated - RAD769

Cancer and Depression: Underdiagnosed and Undertreated

by Jennifer Miller, MSN, RN, CMSRN
RAD769
(4.5 / 6 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (0.75 CE Credit)

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Price: $10.00
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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.
 
Imaging and radiation therapists: 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.
 
This activity is approved for credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 5/1/2019 to 6/1/2022
 
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Course Originally Released on: 11/6/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/6/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/1/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Marquita G - Fort Worth, TX  ·  May 17, 2019
Informative. Some of the drugs I had no idea what they were or the name. Now I know what they are.
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Belinda O - phoenix, AZ  ·  May 10, 2019
it was very straight forward& educational
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Emily R - Greensburg, LA  ·  May 07, 2019
Good information to provide support to cancer patients
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ONLINE
Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00