Validating distress thermometer tool screen

Operators were asked to record their reasons for not implementing the DT and PL, and any provided reasons why callers could not respond to the tool.

Other suggested items included 'adjusting to my illness', and 'isolation/feeling alone' [].Eligibility criteria included: diagnosed cancer patients or carer/support person, over 18 years of age, and English-speaking.Carer/support persons included immediate family members, relatives, or friends that were involved in the care of a diagnosed cancer patient (hereafter referred to as 'carers').Although the DT and PL has been well-validated in numerous settings with various cancer groups [] very little has been written on the acceptability of the measure.The limited discussion indicates that in general, the DT is accepted and perceived as helpful and easy to complete by health professionals and cancer patients []. (2008) surveyed oncology and palliative care outpatients and found that 95% of respondents did not find completing the instrument upsetting in any way and 86% did not consider any changes were required to its current form []. (2007) reported that overall, patients were receptive to completing the tool with satisfaction ratings ("clinic's sensitivity to your needs") increasing from 88.1% to 92.6% following its introduction [].Cancer can be a distressing experience for cancer patients and carers, impacting on psychological, social, physical and spiritual functioning.

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