Sohail Anjum, Muhammad Ashraf, Nighat Nadeem, Ali Anwar Sulehri, Hafsa Sohail, Maheen Sohail

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Assessment of Depression among cancer patients in a Public Sector Cancer Hospital of Lahore

Sohail Anjum, Muhammad Ashraf, Nighat Nadeem, Ali Anwar Sulehri, Hafsa Sohail, Maheen Sohail



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ABSTRACT

 

Background: A cross-sectional study was conducted to assess depression in sixty patients of different types and stages of cancers.

Aim: To assess the effect of education, economic status and the duration of cancer causing depression

Methods: A cross-sectional study using questionnaire was carried in June 2018 at Inmol Hospital Lahore.

Results: The cross tabulation between various factors and the cancer patients with anxiety and depression yielded the following factors as significant with associated value <0.5: Family history of cancer, education of patient, awareness about anxiety and depression and severity of pain. Out of 60, 33(55%) did not have unpleasant thoughts while 3(5%) had such thoughts. 

Conclusion: The study showed that the patients suffer from depression worsening their prognosis. Counseling and screening can improve their health.

Keywords: Assessment, depression, cancer, patients, public



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