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Metastatic Lung Cancer and Distress: Use of the Distress Thermometer for Patient Assessment.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Sherry, V; Guerra, C; Ranganathan, A; Schneider, SM
Published in: Clinical journal of oncology nursing
June 2017

Patients with metastatic lung cancer experience high levels of distress related to their disease trajectory and treatment. Oncology nurses are experts in patient care and symptom management, giving them an opportunity to screen and treat patients' distress.
.The objectives of this study were to screen patients for distress and manage their symptoms to positively affect their quality of life, treatment adherence, and clinical outcomes, and to reduce healthcare costs. 
.This quality improvement project was conducted to pilot the Distress Thermometer (DT) into the care of patients with thoracic cancer and to evaluate the effect of a multifaceted intervention, consisting of a patient education pamphlet and a nurse coaching call, on distress levels. 
.Severe distress was reported in more than half the patients. A paired-sample t test revealed a significant decrease in distress scores following the intervention.

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Published In

Clinical journal of oncology nursing

DOI

EISSN

1538-067X

ISSN

1092-1095

Publication Date

June 2017

Volume

21

Issue

3

Start / End Page

379 / 383

Related Subject Headings

  • Symptom Assessment
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Quality of Life
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Humans
  • Female
 

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Sherry, V., Guerra, C., Ranganathan, A., & Schneider, S. M. (2017). Metastatic Lung Cancer and Distress: Use of the Distress Thermometer for Patient Assessment. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 21(3), 379–383. https://doi.org/10.1188/17.cjon.379-383
Sherry, Victoria, Carmen Guerra, Anjana Ranganathan, and Susan M. Schneider. “Metastatic Lung Cancer and Distress: Use of the Distress Thermometer for Patient Assessment.Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing 21, no. 3 (June 2017): 379–83. https://doi.org/10.1188/17.cjon.379-383.
Sherry V, Guerra C, Ranganathan A, Schneider SM. Metastatic Lung Cancer and Distress: Use of the Distress Thermometer for Patient Assessment. Clinical journal of oncology nursing. 2017 Jun;21(3):379–83.
Sherry, Victoria, et al. “Metastatic Lung Cancer and Distress: Use of the Distress Thermometer for Patient Assessment.Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, vol. 21, no. 3, June 2017, pp. 379–83. Epmc, doi:10.1188/17.cjon.379-383.
Sherry V, Guerra C, Ranganathan A, Schneider SM. Metastatic Lung Cancer and Distress: Use of the Distress Thermometer for Patient Assessment. Clinical journal of oncology nursing. 2017 Jun;21(3):379–383.

Published In

Clinical journal of oncology nursing

DOI

EISSN

1538-067X

ISSN

1092-1095

Publication Date

June 2017

Volume

21

Issue

3

Start / End Page

379 / 383

Related Subject Headings

  • Symptom Assessment
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Quality of Life
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Humans
  • Female