Understanding Depression in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Vanessa Taylor, Sarah Ashelford

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Depression in patients receiving palliative and end-of-life care is difficult to distinguish from grief and sadness. However, there are some important distinctions and it is a clinical condition that is treatable and should not be considered a necessary or normal part of the dying process. This article examines the nature of depression and describes the stress vulnerability model of depression, linking it to recent developments in the neurobiology of depression. It also discusses how to distinguish depression from other symptoms that patients may be experiencing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-57
Number of pages10
JournalNursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


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