Validating distress thermometer tool screen

Conclusions: Our results indicate that the DT is a simple and valid tool for measuring distress in this outpatient cancer setting.

There are many validation studies supportive of this finding and encourage its use oncology clinics.

The DT is a single-item measure which consists of a “thermometer” with numerals displayed vertically from 0 to 10.

Patients rate their distress “over the last week”, with 0 indicating “no distress” and 10 indicating “high distress”.

Routinely administered distress screening tools can be effective in identifying individuals in need of referral to psychosocial services.

Specifically, we aim to 1) determine appropriate cutoffs for clinical referral on the distress thermometer; 2) investigate the content validity of the modified problem checklist; and 3) assess the clinical utility of the tool from the perspectives of both patients and health care professionals.

a multifactorial unpleasant emotional experience of a psychological (cognitive, behavioural, emotional), social, and/or spiritual nature that may interfere with the ability to cope effectively with cancer, its physical symptoms and its treatment”.

The inclusion of distress in the list of vital signs highlights the importance of this construct and the need for a reliable means of identifying it.

Keywords: distress thermometer, validation, cancer, AYA, clinical utility This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited.

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