Lipsitt Workshop


Better Management of Cancer Patients

Lipsitt workshop will challenge your assumptions

A highlight of today’s program is The Don R. Lipsitt Award Workshop: Hold Until Relieved: Integrating Psychiatry into Oncology and Palliative Care, from 4:00pm in Bonaire 7 & 8.

Jane Walker, MBChB, MSc, PhD, MRCPsych

Presenter is Jane Walker, MBChB, MSc, PhD, MRCPsych, senior clinical researcher & C-L psychiatrist, University of Oxford.

“A cancer diagnosis is life-changing,” says Dr. Walker. “While advances have been made in anti-cancer treatments, leading to a longer life expectancy for many patients, there remains a pressing need to improve patients’ quality of life by better management of symptoms, including depression.”

Dr. Walker has co-developed and evaluated clinical programs which aim to improve the quality of life of patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. These include a systematic approach to identifying depression and a collaborative care treatment program called “Depression Care for People with Cancer.” The programs have been found to be highly effective in the SMaRT Oncology randomized clinical trials.

In this Lipsitt Award presentation, Dr. Walker will discuss the real-world implementation of integrated C-L psychiatry in a cancer center and linked palliative care (hospice) service. She will present both quantitative and qualitative data addressing questions such as:

The workshop will help attendees to consider the place of collaborative care, to challenge their assumptions about integrated C-L psychiatry, and to take away practical plans for their own services.