The Bereavement Counselor: Public Misperception ~ Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog

We are often asked, How can you do that? How can you stand to do that work? Such a dreary subject. Grim but supposedly necessary. Don’t you get depressed with all the talk of dying?

via The Bereavement Counselor: Public Misperception ~ Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog.

Seniors with Dementia Feel Trapped at Home

A new report released by the Alzheimer’s Society has revealed that many older adults with dementia are increasingly feeling isolated from the rest of society.  35 percent of seniors with dementia said that they leave their home once a week or less while 10 percent left their residence only once a month or less.

via Seniors with Dementia Feel Trapped at Home.

The prevalence of depression and anxiety among Chinese adults with cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis – Springer

We identified high prevalence rates of depression and anxiety among Chinese adults with cancer. The findings support that the prevalence of depression and anxiety among adults with cancer should receive more attention in Chinese medical settings.

via The prevalence of depression and anxiety among Chinese adults with cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis – Springer.

Does the use of the revised Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PATrev) result in improved quality of life and reduced psychosocial risk in Canadian families with a child newly diagnosed with cancer? – Barrera – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library

Does the use of the revised Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PATrev) result in improved quality of life and reduced psychosocial risk in Canadian families with a child newly diagnosed with cancer? – Barrera – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library.

On Death and Fear: A Personal Reflection on the Value of Social Psychology Research to the Practice of Oncologists

On Death and Fear: A Personal Reflection on the Value of Social Psychology Research to the Practice of Oncologists.

Developing a Model of Associations Between Chronic Pain, Depressive Mood, Chronic Fatigue, and Self-Efficacy in People With Spinal Cord Injury

The relationship between pain, negative mood, fatigue, and self-efficacy in adults with SCI was explored. Results support a model that proposes that chronic pain lowers mood, which is mediated (lessened) by self-efficacy, whereas pain and mood independently increase chronic fatigue. Results provide direction for treating chronic pain in SCI.

via Developing a Model of Associations Between Chronic Pain, Depressive Mood, Chronic Fatigue, and Self-Efficacy in People With Spinal Cord Injury.

CHEST Journal | Article

Depression and anxiety are common in older people with chronic diseases. They are often associated with increased disability and health-care utilization and with poor health status.1-3 Comorbid untreated anxiety and/or depression tend to persist, have relapsing courses, and are associated with increased vulnerability to social isolation, low self-esteem and confidence, nonadherence to medical treatment, and increased mortality.1,3-6

via CHEST Journal | Article.

Sleep Disturbance, Chronic Stress, and Depression in Hospice Nurses: Testing the Feasibility of an Intervention – Oncology Nursing Forum – Volume 40, Number 5 / September 2013 – Oncology Nursing Society

Additional longitudinal study is needed to investigate the effectiveness of CBT-I interventions to improve self-care among hospice nurses who are at high risk for compassion fatigue and, subsequently, leaving hospice care.

via Sleep Disturbance, Chronic Stress, and Depression in Hospice Nurses: Testing the Feasibility of an Intervention – Oncology Nursing Forum – Volume 40, Number 5 / September 2013 – Oncology Nursing Society.

The evolution of psychological distress trajectories in women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer: a longitudinal study – Lam – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library

Most women with ABC did not experience psychological distress over 12 months following diagnosis of ABC. Preventive interventions should focus on women at risk of high persistent distress and reducing rumination, providing emotional support, and managing physical symptoms.

via The evolution of psychological distress trajectories in women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer: a longitudinal study – Lam – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library.

Together and apart: providing psychosocial support for patients and families living with brain tumors – Online First – Springer

Brain tumor support group facilitators can expect to encounter a range of medical and psychosocial issues in accommodating patients’ and caregivers’ diverse concerns. Separate brain tumor patient and caregiver groups may allow participants to explore those concerns without worrying about effects on their friends or family. It remains to be seen whether the groups meet the needs of attendees, and whether those who do not attend the groups have unmet needs.

via Together and apart: providing psychosocial support for patients and families living with brain tumors – Online First – Springer.