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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 65

Distress screening using distress thermometer

1 Primary Care Unit, KMT Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Visiting Professor, Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China

Date of Web Publication21-Jan-2014

Correspondence Address:
Sora Yasri
Primary Care Unit, KMT Center, Bangkok, Thailand

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.125574

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The report on distress screening using distress thermometer is very interesting. [1] Lewis et al., [1] concluded for "Positive correlation between distress score and pain score and occurrence of physical symptoms." The concern is on distress thermometer. Chambers et al., [2] reported that this tool was acceptable in case that "a cut-off of ≥4 may be optimal soon after diagnosis, and for longer-term assessments, ≥3 was supported." The adjustment of the tool for each setting is needed. Martínez et al., [3] noted that "the diagnostic accuracy of the DT could be improved with minor proposed modifications to the DT and the inclusion of nonemotional ultra short measures." Second, the tool has to be modified in case that it was aiming at pediatric patients screening. [4]

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1.Lewis S, Salins N, Kadam A, Rao R. Distress screening using distress thermometer in head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and evaluation of causal factors predicting occurrence of distress. Indian J Palliat Care 2013;19:88-92.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Chambers SK, Zajdlewicz L, Youlden DR, Holland JC, Dunn J. The validity of the distress thermometer in prostate cancer populations. Psychooncology 2013.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Martínez P, Galdón MJ, Andreu Y, Ibáñez E. The Distress Thermometer in Spanish cancer patients: Convergent validity and diagnostic accuracy. Support Care Cancer 2013;21:3095-102.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Haverman L, van Oers HA, Limperg PF, Houtzager BA, Huisman J, Darlington AS, et al. Development and validation of the distress thermometer for parents of a chronically ill child. J Pediatr 2013;163:1140-6.  Back to cited text no. 4


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