Nursing assessment of anxiety and mood disturbance in a palliative patient

Sarah Combes

  • Abstract

    Anxiety can be described as a feeling of worry or apprehension about uncertain future events; it is a normal sensation that everyone experiences at times (Stevenson 2010). Feeling anxious can be beneficial as it stimulates the fight or flight response, and helps us adapt to minor stressors such as sitting for an examination or attending an interview (Clancy and McVicar 2009). However, if anxiety becomes persistent and severe, it can develop into a mood disturbance and significantly impact quality of life (Wilson et al 2007, Watson et al 2010).

  • Contributors

    Sarah Combes


    Correct at article publish date

    1 Inpatient Unit, St Christopher's Hospice, London, UK
    2 Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College, London, UK

    Author notes

    Correspondence to Sarah Combes,

    Original publishing information

    • Publisher: St Christopher's Hospice
    • Publish date: 01/07/2016
    • ePub Date: 14/07/2016
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue: 1

    Permissions: Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to

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