Psychological distress among oncology outpatients: Prevalence and severity as measured with the Brief Symptom Inventory

Michael Edward Stefanek, Leonard P. Derogatis, Ann Shaw

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Abstract

The psychological status of 126 oncology outpatients with heterogeneous diagnoses and few ensuing physical limitations was assessed with the Brief Symptom Inventory during initial registration at the clinic. Approximately one in three patients reported moderate to high levels of depression and anxiety. The level of distress was not significantly influenced by sex, marital status, or activity status. Based on these results, roughly one fifth of oncology outpatients may warrant ongoing evaluation or intervention for psychological distress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-532
Number of pages3
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume28
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Marital Status
Anxiety
Depression
Psychological Distress
Oncology
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Warrants
Psychological
Clinic
Evaluation

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  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Psychological distress among oncology outpatients : Prevalence and severity as measured with the Brief Symptom Inventory. / Stefanek, Michael Edward; Derogatis, Leonard P.; Shaw, Ann.

In: Psychosomatics, Vol. 28, No. 10, 01.01.1987, p. 530-532.

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Stefanek, Michael Edward ; Derogatis, Leonard P. ; Shaw, Ann. / Psychological distress among oncology outpatients : Prevalence and severity as measured with the Brief Symptom Inventory. In: Psychosomatics. 1987 ; Vol. 28, No. 10. pp. 530-532.
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