Distinguishing Between Sadness And Depression At The End Of Life.

Alex Schadenberg

The Australian Palliative Care Association published an insightful interview by Heather Wiseman with Professor Gregory Crawford titled - Distinguishing between sadness and depression at the end of life: a significant challenge tackled by a leader in palliative care.

Depression is an important issue knowing that a study from Oregon indicated that 26% of the people who had asked for assisted suicide were depressed while a Netherlands study found that depressed people were 4.1 times more likely to request euthanasia.

Professor Crawford who is the president-elect of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine for the Royal Australian College of Physicians did his doctoral thesis on ‘Depression in palliative care in Australia: identification and assessment.’

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