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To assess, in a medical care setting, the effectiveness of a brief cognitive behavioral treatment for depression on depressed patients with cancer
Patients were undergoing the active treatment and transition phases of care.
A pre/post-test, convenience sample design was used.
Behavioral therapy interventions, especially when paired with cognitive techniques, may represent a practical medical care treatment to improve psychological outcomes for and quality of life of patients with cancer.
Depression is a major concern for patients with cancer. To identify patients who need treatment, tools should be developed that are more nurse-friendly and easier to administer.