Depression: Screening, Assessment, and Interventions in Oncology Nursing

Veronica B. Decker

Cindy S. Tofthagen

nonpharmacologic interventions, depression, cognitive behavioral therapy
CJON 2021, 25(4), 413-421. DOI: 10.1188/21.CJON.413-421

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, assessment, 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 nonpharmacologic treatment of depression in patients with cancer.

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