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The usefulness of the distress thermometer in the management of cancer patients: a mixed methods approach

Williams, Melinda, Walker, Arlene and Henry, Margaret J 2015, The usefulness of the distress thermometer in the management of cancer patients: a mixed methods approach, Australian journal of cancer nursing, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 28-36.

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Title The usefulness of the distress thermometer in the management of cancer patients: a mixed methods approach
Author(s) Williams, Melinda
Walker, ArleneORCID iD for Walker, Arlene orcid.org/0000-0003-1310-9729
Henry, Margaret J
Journal name Australian journal of cancer nursing
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 28
End page 36
Total pages 9
Publisher Cambridge Publishing
Place of publication Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1441-2551
Keyword(s) Psychological distress
Oncology
Cancer
Supportive care
Distress thermometer
Qualitative
Summary Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the usefulness of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Distress Thermometer and Problem List in identifying distress levels and psychosocial concerns over the cancer trajectory using a mixed-methods approach.
Method: Eighty-five cancer patients from the Barwon South West region of Victoria participated in this study by completing the NCCN Distress Thermometer and Problem List over three time periods. Three case studies were also conducted to add a qualitative dimension.
Results: Emotional concerns decreased as psychological distress levels decreased and a high level of physical concerns were consistent with a high level of psychological distress. Cancer patients’ narrative accounts also supported
the usefulness of the NCCN Distress Thermometer and Problem List as a screening tool.
Conclusions: Findings are discussed with reference to implications for psychological/emotional support of cancer patients, the provision of supportive care services and directions for future research.
Language eng
Field of Research 111204 Cancer Therapy (excl Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy)
Socio Economic Objective 920102 Cancer and Related Disorders
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Cambridge University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080154

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