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Assessing anxiety in palliative care patients

Assessing anxiety in palliative care patients

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Time to Complete

1 hours


June 30, 2015


May 26, 2017

Programme Description

This article by Dr Trisha Macnair, updated in 2017, covers how assessing anxiety in palliative care patients can help to develop a treatment plan. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include understanding factors that contribute to anxiety such as fears about death, physical symptoms and practical problems, patient-led outcome measures and when to refer.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Understand anxiety in the context of palliative care
  • Use appropriate methods to assess patients
  • Consider how to use outcome measures to determine how well treatment is working
  • Faculty

    Activity author
    Dr Trisha Macnair
    Specialty doctor in care of the elderly
    Surrey Community Health

    Test author
    Dr Pia-Sophie Wool
    United Kingdom


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1 learning credits (1 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time.


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