Psychological distress experienced by families of cancer patients: Preliminary findings from psychiatric consultation of a Cancer Center Hospital

Tatsuo Akechi, Nobuya Akizuki, Masako Okamura, Ken Shimizu, Akira Oba, Tatsuhiko Ito, Eisho Yoshikawa, Tomohito Nakano, Masatoshi Inagaki, Yosuke Uchitomi

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of the present study was to obtain preliminary findings regarding psychiatric disorders and background characteristics among Japanese family members of cancer patients. Methods: We investigated the psychiatric diagnosis and background factors of family members of cancer patients by analyzing the consultation data of patients referred to the Psychiatry Division, National Cancer Centre Hospital East, Japan. Results: Of a total of 1469 psychiatric consultation, 47 (3.2%) family members were referred, and 85% of them were spouses. The most common patient cancer site was the lung. Approximately one-half of the referred family encountered patients' end-of-life issues. The most common psychiatric diagnoses were adjustment disorders, followed by major depression. Conclusions: These preliminary findings suggest that psychosocial support for family members is not fully delivered and development of a comprehensive support system for caregivers of cancer patients is an urgent issue in the clinical oncology setting in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-332
Number of pages4
JournalJapanese journal of clinical oncology
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2006

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Family
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Psychological distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research

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    Akechi, T., Akizuki, N., Okamura, M., Shimizu, K., Oba, A., Ito, T., Yoshikawa, E., Nakano, T., Inagaki, M., & Uchitomi, Y. (2006). Psychological distress experienced by families of cancer patients: Preliminary findings from psychiatric consultation of a Cancer Center Hospital. Japanese journal of clinical oncology, 36(5), 329-332. https://doi.org/10.1093/jjco/hyl029