Improving the management of depression for patients at the end of life

OxfordMental Health
Start Date: 1 Jan 2015


Depression is likely to affect both quality of life and health care costs in the last year of life, but there has been little research into effective interventions for depression that are integrated with palliative care services.


This project aims to first identify the nature, prevalence and current management of depression in patients being treated by a specialist palliative care service for one or more chronic medical illnesses, including cancer. We will then find out how well these psychiatric needs are currently being met and the barriers to achieving this by interviewing staff and patients.

Based on these findings, and on our previous research, the researchers will develop a new approach to managing depression that is integrated with palliative care.

Prof Michael Sharpe