Nurses don’t only heal the body of a patient, but also their spirit.

This dual diagnosis poses challenges for patients—and their nurses.

Takeaways: 

Adults with chronic medical illness have a high prevalence of co-morbid depression. 
Depression often goes undiagnosed, leading to worsening health outcomes. 
Nurses are in key positions to advocate for screening and implementing evidence-based interventions for depression in patients with co-morbid medical illnesses. 

MAJOR depressive disorder (MDD) affects more than 16 million adults in the United States each year and is a leading cause of disability for individuals ages 15 to 44. (See Facts and figures.) In middle-aged and older adults, depression becomes less prevalent, but a greater likelihood exists that it will become a c… Read More

This dual diagnosis poses challenges for patients—and their nurses.

Takeaways: 

Adults with chronic medical illness have a high prevalence of co-morbid depression. 
Depression often goes undiagnosed, leading to worsening health outcomes. 
Nurses are in key positions to advocate for screening and implementing evidence-based interventions for depression in patients with co-morbid medical illnesses. 

MAJOR depressive disorder (MDD) affects more than 16 million adults in the United States each year and is a leading cause of disability for individuals ages 15 to 44. (See Facts and figures.) In middle-aged and older adults, depression becomes less prevalent, but a greater likelihood exists that it will become a c… Read More

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