Table 1. Examples of self-report Screening Instruments Used for Identification of Psychosocial Distress in Cancer Patients

Title Items (no.) Time (min) Constructs Measured
Distress Thermometer (DT) & Problem List [2,19] Varies2–3 Distress and problems related to the distress
Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) [10] 53 7–10 Somatization, anxiety, interpersonal sensitivity, depression, hostility, phobic anxiety, paranoid ideation, psychoticism, obsessive-compulsiveness
Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI-18) [10]183–5Somatization, depression, anxiety, general distress
Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) [20-22] 14 5–10 Symptoms of clinical depression and anxiety
Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT; formerly the FACT) [23] 27 5–10 4 domains of quality of life: physical, functional, social/family, emotional well-being
Profile of Mood States (POMS) [24] 65 3–5 6 mood states: anxiety, fatigue, confusion, depression, anger, vigor
Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale [25] 20 5–10Symptoms of depression

From: Adjustment to Cancer: Anxiety and Distress (PDQ®)

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