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The Complexity of Assessment and Treatment for Anxiety in Patients With a Terminal Illness

Ford, Jeanna Ann MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: April 2016 - Volume 18 - Issue 2 - p 131–138
doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000223
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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 (

The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2016 by The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.