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Assessing anxiety in palliative care patients


Content developed by MIMS Learning


This resource, updated in 2017, covers how assessing anxiety in palliative care patients can help to develop a treatment plan. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include understanding factors that contribute to anxiety such as fears about death, physical symptoms and practical problems, patient-led outcome measures and when to refer.


After completing this module, you should be better able to:

  • Understand anxiety in the context of palliative care
  • Use appropriate methods to assess patients
  • Consider how to use outcome measures to determine how well treatment is working


Dr Trisha Macnair, Specialty doctor in care of the elderly, Surrey Community Health and Dr Pia-Sophie Wool, GP, Worcestershire.

This resource is provided at an intermediate level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.