Year: 2003 Source: Journal of Psychosomatic Research, v.55, no.5, (2003), p.411-418 SIEC No: 20041154

This study evaluated the desire for hastened death (DHD) in cancer patients at varying stages of the disease to determine its frequency & relationship to physical & psychological distress. The authors found significant physical & psychological distress in a sample of 224 inpatients with a mean of 9 physical symptoms reported by each subject. 7% reported moderate DHD & 2% reported high DHD. Hopelessness & stage of disease were the only significant independent predictors of DHD & their interaction was associated with increased DHD. (32 refs)