Patients are screened for depression at least once a month. "Having
the patient complete a self-assessment of depression on a regular basis has
given them the message that being depressed can be part of the total picture
of dealing with a cancer diagnosis and is nothing to be ashamed of,"
Ms. Thompson commented.
She added that nurses like to be proactive and sometimes are
uncomfortable talking about issues where no solution is available to them.
"This process has given us direction, accountability, and a mechanism
of action for dealing with patients with depression," she concluded.