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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    Abstract

    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
    Volume41
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar

    Keywords

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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Oncology
    • Cancer Research
    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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