Screening medical patients for distress and depression: does measurement in the clinic prior to the consultation overestimate distress measured at home?

Abstract

BACKGROUND Medical patients are often screened for distress in the clinic using a questionnaire such as the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) while awaiting their consultation. However, might the context of the clinic artificially inflate the distress score ? To address this question we aimed to determine whether those who scored high on the HADS… (More)
DOI: 10.1017/S0033291712002930

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