Detecting distress: Introducing routine screening in a gynecologic cancer setting

Moira O’Connor, Pauline B. Tanner, Lisa Miller, Kaaren J. Watts, Toni Musiello

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    Abstract

    Background: Cancer results in a wide range of challenges that contribute to patient distress. Detecting distress in patients can result in improved patient outcomes, and early intervention can avoid patients having unmet needs. Objectives: The aims were to determine the prevalence of distress in patients with gynecologic cancers, identify specific problems, and explore staff perceptions of distress screening. Methods: A mixed-Methods design was used. Quantitative data were collected on distress levels and problems. Qualitative interviews were conducted with healthcare professionals. Findings: Sixty-six percent of women scored 4 or greater on the Distress Thermometer, which was used as the indicator for follow-up or referral. A third reported low distress, and the same proportion was highly distressed. The top five problems identified by participants were nervousness, worry, fears, fatigue, and sleep problems.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)79-85
    Number of pages7
    JournalClinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
    Volume21
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

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