An Intervention in communication cuts anxiety and depression in cancer patients

This is a study that was published in JAMA Psychiatry.[1]

An intervention designed to enhance communication between oncologists and patients with advanced cancer did not improve the primary outcomes of goal-concordant care and peacefulness. There were significant reductions in moderate to severe anxiety and depression symptoms among intervention patients at 14 weeks. Anxiety reduction was sustained at 24 weeks, but depression reduction was not.

1          Bernacki R, Paladino J, Neville BA, et al. Effect of the Serious Illness Care Program in Outpatient Oncology: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med 2019;179:751–9. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.0077