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Psychooncology. 2007 Jun;16(6):593-7.

The cancer worry chart: a single-item screening measure of worry about developing breast cancer.

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Brown Medical School, Providence, RI, USA. Robert_Gramling@Brown.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Brief pictograph measures of health functioning have clinical value to office-based practice. Many women with a close family history of breast cancer will experience worry about their risk of developing breast cancer that influences decision-making and can interfere with health-related functioning.

PURPOSE:

To develop a clinically - useful triage measure of breast cancer worry for the field setting of office based practice.

METHODS:

DESIGN:

qualitative pilot testing followed by mailed survey.

SURVEY SAMPLE:

women registered with the Cancer Genetics Network who have a first or second-degree family history of breast cancer and no personal history of any cancer. Novel measure: single pictograph item modeled upon the Dartmouth COOP Charts. Comparison gold-standard measure: four-item Cancer Worry Scale (CWS).

RESULTS:

Pilot testing: participants found the item to be easily understood, rapidly completed and unobtrusive. Quantitative: 469 women responded (78% response rate); the Cancer Worry Chart demonstrated strong correlation to the CWS (Pearson correlation coefficient: 0.66, P < 0.001); Receiver operator curve identified favorable characteristics (AUC = 0.86) of the Cancer Worry Chart for identifying cancer worry-related mood or social role dysfunction.

CONCLUSIONS:

The new Cancer Worry Chart is a valid triage measure for breast cancer worry.

PMID:
17096453
DOI:
10.1002/pon.1128
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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