Are needs assessments cost effective in reducing distress among patients with cancer? A randomized controlled trial using the Distress Thermometer and Problem List.

@article{Hollingworth2013AreNA,
  title={Are needs assessments cost effective in reducing distress among patients with cancer? A randomized controlled trial using the Distress Thermometer and Problem List.},
  author={William Hollingworth and Chris Metcalfe and Susana Mancero and Susan Harris and Rona Campbell and Lucy Biddle and Denise McKell-Redwood and James Brennan},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  year={2013},
  volume={31 29},
  pages={3631-8}
}
PURPOSE Patients with cancer have a high prevalence of distress. We evaluated whether distress monitoring and needs assessment using the Distress Thermometer and Problem List (DT&PL) improved patient outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS We conducted an unblinded, two-arm, parallel randomized controlled trial at two sites among patients starting radiotherapy or chemotherapy. The intervention group completed the DT&PL, rating distress and discussing sources of distress with a trained radiographer… CONTINUE READING
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