National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia). (2003). Clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer. Retrieved from http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/publications/synopses/cp90syn.htm
Comprehensive, evidence-based guidelines were developed to assist healthcare professionals in providing optimal psychosocial care. The guidelines are multidisciplinary in focus, with recommendations applicable to diverse treatment settings.
Evidence was presented using levels I, II, III-1, III-2, III-3, and IV rating system with level I representing the gold standard.
Clinically relevant recommendations supported by level I and II evidence about depression include the following.
The treatment of depression should incorporate psychotherapeutic interventions and the use of medication.
Evidence of the efficacy of antidepressant medication in treating depression in patients with cancer is clear.
No evidence suggests that any particular antidepressant is superior to another.