Diagnosing levels of distress in specialist palliative care

Draper, Ana and Herman, Becky (2015) Diagnosing levels of distress in specialist palliative care. Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine, 5 (3). ISSN 2165-7386 Full text available

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Abstract

This paper makes the case for the use of the Distress Thermometer (DT) as a standardised diagnostic tool in End of Life Care. It explores the current situation in palliative care health services, building an argument that there is an under-diagnosis of depression and mental distress in the fields of palliative care due to a lack of standardisation and screening. The paper sets out its hypothesis and follows this with an account of repeat audit cycles and action research interventions in the implementation and use of the DT within a National Health Service and voluntary sector context.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: May 18, 2015
Subjects: Health and Medical Sciences > Patient Care
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2612

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