Prevalence of mental health conditions in cancer patients in acute care-a meta-analysis

Singer, S; Das-Munshi, J; Brahler, E; (2010) Prevalence of mental health conditions in cancer patients in acute care-a meta-analysis. Annals of oncology, 21 (5). pp. 925-930. ISSN 0923-7534 DOI:

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Methods: We systematically reviewed studies assessing the prevalence of mental health conditions in acute care hospitals with comprehensive structured clinical interviews. Results: Of 46 retrieved manuscripts, eight were deemed eligible for this meta-analysis. Within the studies, 1448 cancer patients had been assessed, whereby 456 were diagnosed having a mental health disorder. The prevalence rates ranged from 23% (breast cancer patients in Turkey) to 53% (elderly cancer patients in Uganda). The combined prevalence estimate is 32% (95% confidence interval 27% to 37%). Conclusion: One-third of the cancer patients in acute care hospitals is suffering from mental health disorders and need appropriate treatment.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: comorbidity, depression, mental health, meta-analysis, neoplasms, psychology, psychiatric morbidity, household survey, great-britain, breast-cancer, disorders, distress, need, depression, anxiety, oncologists
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 19887467
Web of Science ID: 277224600004


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