Monthly Archives: July 2008

Psychologists and openness concerning the diagnosis of dementia to the patient: exploratory research






CONCLUSION: Just like physicians, psychologists are not, as a matter of course, open about the diagnosis of dementia to their patients. Circumstances appear to guide them more than their own opinion about what is appropriate. Continue reading

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Screening and referral for psychosocial distress in oncologic practice: use of the Distress Thermometer






CONCLUSIONS: The DT appeared to be a good instrument for routine screening and ruling out elevated distress. Emotional and physical problems contributed mainly to distress. Experiencing clinically elevated distress did not necessarily suggest that patients wanted a referral. Screening for distress and the wish for a referral can facilitate providing support for those patients who most need and want it. Continue reading

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Do older patients who refuse to participate in a self-management intervention in the Netherlands differ from older patients who agree to participate?






CONCLUSIONS: As in many studies, the refusal rate in this study is high, and seems to be related to physical mobility restrictions, travel distance and, partly, to availability of emotional support. These findings may be used to make the recruitment process more effective – for example, by offering transport to the location of the intervention. Continue reading

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