Background: A high prevalence of depression exists among individuals with cancer, which negatively affects their health outcomes, quality of life, and adherence to cancer treatment.
Objectives: This article provides an overview and synthesis of depression screening, assessment, and nonpharmacologic treatments to help oncology nurses in their practices.
Methods: Key insights are presented from a synthesized literature review regarding patients with cancer with depression. Resources for patient treatment and nurse training are also provided.
Findings: To improve patient outcomes, nurses need to understand and follow a process that addresses the screening, assessment, and nonpharmacologic treatment of depression in patients with cancer.