Implementing the Condensed Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale on an Inpatient Oncology Unit.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


Symptom distress places a burden on patients and their families, but it is often not captured in nursing documentation. Using a symptom management tool, such as the Condensed Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (CMSAS), can assist in this capture and link patients to resources.


The purpose of this quality improvement (QI) project was to implement the CMSAS and capture symptom burden to create a streamlined method of documentation.


A QI pilot was conducted on an inpatient oncology unit implementing the CMSAS. Then, surveys were provided to the patients to complete at admission and discharge. The most distressing symptoms patients reported were added into the electronic health record nursing care plan that automatically uploaded interventions based on ONS Guidelines™.


Patient (N = 73) symptom distress was quickly tracked, and there were no statistically significant changes in patient distress from admission to discharge, except for two symptoms.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Englehart, V; Noonan, D; Schneider, SM; Thompson, J

Published Date

  • February 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 1

Start / End Page

  • E1 - E6

PubMed ID

  • 35073294

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-067X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1092-1095

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1188/22.cjon.e1-e6


  • eng