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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 67--71

Validation of malayalam version of national comprehensive cancer network distress thermometer and its feasibility in oncology patients

1 Department of Palliative Medicine, Malabar Cancer Centre, Kannur, Kerala, India
2 Department of Gynecological Oncology, Malabar Cancer Centre, Kannur, Kerala, India
3 Department of Pathology, Malabar Cancer Centre, Kannur, Kerala, India
4 Department of Surgical Oncology, Malabar Cancer Centre, Kannur, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sampada Dessai
Malabar Cancer Center, Thalassery-Koppalam-Panoor Road, Moozhikkara, Kodiyeri, Thalassery, Kannur - 670 103, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_160_17

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Context: This study was designed to translate and validate the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) distress thermometer (DT) in regional language " Malayalam" and to see the feasibility of using it in our patients. Aims: (1) To translate and validate the NCCN DT. (2) To study the feasibility of using validated Malayalam translated DT in Malabar Cancer center. Settings and Design: This is a single-arm prospective observational study. The study was conducted at author's institution between December 8, 2015, and January 20, 2016 in the Department of Cancer Palliative Medicine. Materials and Methods: This was a prospective observational study carried out in two phases. In Phase 1, the linguistic validation of the NCCN DT was done. In Phase 2, the feasibility, face validity, and utility of the translated of NCCN DT in accordance with QQ-10 too was done. Statistical Analysis Used: SPSS version 16 (SPSS Inc. Released 2007. SPSS for Windows, Version 16.0. Chicago, SPSS Inc.) was used for analysis. Results: Ten patients were enrolled in Phase 2. The median age was 51.5 years and 40% of patients were male. All patients had completed at least basic education up to the primary level. The primary site of cancer was heterogeneous. The NCCN DT completion rate was 100%. The face validity, utility, reliability, and feasibility were 100%, 100%, 100%, and 90%, respectively. Conclusion: It can be concluded that the Malayalam validated DT has high face validity, utility, and it is feasible for its use.


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