Sensitivity and specificity of the Distress Thermometer for depression in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

@article{Hegel2008SensitivityAS,
  title={Sensitivity and specificity of the Distress Thermometer for depression in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.},
  author={Mark T. Hegel and Eric D. Collins and Stephen A Kearing and Karen L Gillock and Caroline P Moore and Tim A. Ahles},
  journal={Psycho-oncology},
  year={2008},
  volume={17 6},
  pages={556-60}
}
BACKGROUND Receiving a new diagnosis of breast cancer is a distressing experience that may precipitate an episode of major depressive disorder. Efficient screening methods for detecting depression in the oncology setting are needed. This study evaluated the receiver operating characteristics (ROC) of the single-item Distress Thermometer (DT) for detecting depression in women newly diagnosed with Stage I-III breast cancer. METHODS We assessed 321 patients (of 345 consecutive patients) at the… CONTINUE READING