Last Reviewed: November 12, 2015

What You’ll Learn

  1. Describe the prevalence of depression among people with serious illness and its impact on quality of life
  2. Recognize that depression is treatable
  3. Identify the importance of screening for depression
  4. Deploy evidence-based strategies for the treatment of depression

What You’ll Earn

CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits:

Case Management: 1.00 CE
Licensed Professional Counselors: 1.00 CE
Medicine: 0.75 CME, 0.75 ABIM MOC
Nursing: 1.00 CNE, 0.50 Pharmacotherapy
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)

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Tools & Resources

PHQ-9: Validated Screening Tool for Depression

Last Updated: February 25, 2019

Used to screen, diagnose and measure the severity of depression.


Symptom Management Glossary

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Key terms related to symptom management. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2017.


Course References: Depression

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2017.

Fast Fact #7: Depression in Advanced Cancer

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Screening and and assessment of depression in patients with advanced cancer.


Fast Fact #146: Screening for Depression in Palliative Care

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Screening tools for depression and recommendations for their use.


Dignity Therapy Toolkit

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Practical tools to support health professionals in addressing the emotional needs of patients and caregivers. Published by Dignity in Care, 2016.


DSM-V: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Taxonomic and diagnostic tool for mental disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).


Drew Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM. Palliative Care, Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Medical School.

Lolita Melhado, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC. Family Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care, Gulf Coast Medical Center - Lee Memorial Health System.

Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President, Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.

Linda Pang, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Contact information: For technical questions about online activity or continuing education credits, contact or 212-201-2674.

Provided by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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