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Paul B. Jacobsen, Kristine A. Donovan, Peter C. Trask, Stewart B. Fleishman, James Zabora, Frank Baker and Jimmie C. Holland Screening for psychologic distress in ambulatory cancer patients Cancer 103

Version of Record online: 22 FEB 2005 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.20940

Findings confirmed that the single-item Distress Thermometer compares favorably with longer measures used to screen for distress in cancer patients. A Distress Thermometer cutoff score of 4 yielded optimal sensitivity and specificity in a general cancer population relative to established cutoff scores on longer measures. The use of this cutoff score identified patients with a range of problems likely to reflect psychologic distress.

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