Barriers to accepting mental health care in cancer patients with depression

Shehzad Niazi, Emily Vargas, Aaron Spaulding, Elaine Gustetic, Nancy Ford, David Paly, Kelsey Tatum, Matthew M. Clark, Teresa Rummans

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations


This study aimed to determine barriers to accepting mental health care among depressed cancer patients. Cancer patients who screened positive for depression were referred for mental health treatment and sent a validated questionnaire designed to assess barriers to receiving mental health care. Responses were compared between patients who accepted their referral and those who did not. Among 75 patients who agreed to participate, 51 (68%) completed the questionnaire. Reported barriers to accessing mental healthcare were not significantly different between the two groups but patients residing within 50 miles of the clinic had increased odds of attending their appointment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-364
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2 2020


  • Depression
  • access
  • barriers
  • cancer
  • mental health
  • stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Barriers to accepting mental health care in cancer patients with depression'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this