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Palliative Depression PICOT: For adult patients in palliative care (P), how does cognitive therapy (I) compare to palliative patients with no therapy (C) at eliminating depression and improving comfort with death (O) over the final weeks of life (T)? Palliative care is the backbone of a functioning medical system. Palliative care patients are those who know that they are going to die and that they are beyond the help that modern medicine can offer them. In palliative care, the medicine and treatments that they receive cannot prolong their life spans, but they can minimize pain and symptoms and help prepare the individual for death, especially if the individual fears death and is resentful of the idea that they are going to die beyond medical intervention. Statistically, the greatest concerns for palliative care patients include their physical pain from whatever conditions they are facing, concerns over preparing their final affairs, and the inevitable onset of disorders such as depression and anxiety that accompany the automatic knowledge that one is dying and that one cannot be helped. For individuals who are not ready today, or for whom the news is already sudden, the complications can be even worse. It is imperative to consider how to design and implement effective therapy for palliative care patients that allows them to seek therapy and be gradually prepared for death alongside their medical care plan and care providers. To this end, the research described below addresses these aspects of palliative care at the depression and anxiety that patients may suffer. The research balances qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs from a variety of sources to aid in the development of an effective study and research plan that allows for these patients to be eased and addressed as feasibly as
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possible with all medical tools available today. The research also addresses the stressors for care providers and family.
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