Objective: Patients with cancer have emotional distress because of cancer or cancer treatments. The aims of this study were to explore: (1) the cutoff point of Distress Thermometer (DT); (2) the prevalence of emotional distress among inpatients with cancer; and (3) the risk factors of emotional distress. Methods: A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted (n = 1,716), and data collection from chart review included DT, Brief Symptom Rating Scale-5 (BSRS-5), and demographic and disease characteristics. The moderate and severe emotional distress was taken as the golden standard, and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was used to identify the best cutoff point of DT. Logistic regression was used to identify the significant risk factors. Results: The cutoff of DT was 6. The prevalence of emotional distress were 29.89% and 30.53% in DT and BSRS-5 respectively, and 9.03% had suicidal ideation. The significant risk factors included female and suicidal ideation. In addition, patients with head and neck cancer and colorectal cancer had lower risk than those with other cancer, and patients with non-stage cancer had lower risk than those in stage IV. Conclusion: Around 30% of inpatients with cancer had emotional distress and they needed further referral and psychological care.
|Translated title of the contribution||Screening for Emotional Distress Among Inpatients With Cancer|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Journal||臨床心理學刊 ＝ Archives of Clinical Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - 2019 Dec 1|