The Complexity of Assessment and Treatment for Anxiety in Patients With a Terminal IllnessFord, Jeanna Ann MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, ACHPNJournal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: April 2016 - Volume 18 - Issue 2 - p 131–138 doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000223 Feature Articles Buy Abstract Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics Anxiety is a symptom experienced by the majority of people at some point in their life. At small amounts, anxiety can be a positive emotion. However, some people experience anxiety to the point where it interferes with their quality of life and manifests itself in a variety of ways. This can make assessment and treatment very difficult for the clinician. When patients are faced with a serious or life-threatening illness, it comes as no surprise that anxiety is a common distressing symptom. How can clinicians effectively recognize, diagnose, and treat anxiety? Jeanna Ann Ford, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, is Program Director, Palliative Care, OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City. Address correspondence to Jeanna Ann Ford, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, Palliative Care, OU Medical Center, 700 N.E. 13th Street, Mailbox #7, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose. © 2016 by The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.