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