Psychiatric disorders in patients who lost family members to cancer and asked for medical help: Descriptive analysis of outpatient services for bereaved families at Japanese cancer center hospital

Mayumi Ishida, Hideki Onishi, Mei Wada, Yukio Tada, Hiroshi Ito, Masaru Narabayashi, Yasutsuna Sasaki, Shinobu Nomura, Yosuke Uchitomi

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    Objective: There have been no previous studies about consultation of the bereaved who have lost a loved one to cancer and ask for medical help. The aim of this study was to investigate their basic characteristics and their psychiatric disorders. Methods: A retrospective study using clinical and background data obtained over 30 months (from April 2007 to September 2009) was conducted at outpatient services for bereaved families at the Department of Psycho-Oncology at Saitama Medical University International Medical Center, Japan. Results: During the period of investigation, 51 patients underwent consultation. The patients were frequently female (P< 0.0001) and the spouse of the deceased. Regarding the psychiatric diagnoses, major depression was the most common (39%), followed by adjustment disorders (28%). Conclusions: This study revealed basic characteristics and psychiatric disorders of the bereaved who asked for medical help. Most of the patients were women (86.3%) and 86.3% of them received a psychiatric diagnosis. This information is important for both physicians and psychologists since the bereaved who have lost a loved one to cancer often ask for medical help in clinical settings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberhyq213
    Pages (from-to)380-385
    Number of pages6
    JournalJapanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar



    • Bereaved family
    • Cancer
    • Consultation
    • Psychiatric diagnosis
    • Retrospective study

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Oncology
    • Cancer Research
    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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