BACKGROUND: A high prevalence of depression exists among individuals with cancer, which negatively affects their health outcomes, quality of life, and adherence to cancer treatment. OBJECTIVES: This article provides an overview and synthesis of depression screening, assess-ment, and nonpharmacologic treatments to help oncology nurses in their practices. METHODS: Key insights are presented from a synthesized literature review regarding patients with cancer with depression. Resources for patient treatment and nurse training are also provided. FINDINGS: To improve patient outcomes, nurses need to understand and follow a process that addresses the screening, assessment, and non-pharmacologic treatment of depression in patients with cancer.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Nonpharmacologic interventions
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