Depression common in palliative care

The survey of 175 members of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine showed that the median prevalence of depression as perceived by respondents was 20% in palliated patients.

The most useful of the DSM-IV symptoms for diagnosing depression in palliative care patients were suicidal ideation, anhedonia and hopelessness. Poor appetite and low energy were not deemed useful.

More than 50% of respondents always assessed palliative care patients for depression, 45% often treated these patients with an SSRI and 47% often treated with