Cancer patients and their physicians in the perception of psychological symptoms

Leonard Derogatis, M. D. Abeloff, C. D. McBeth

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The focus of the present study was on the issue of agreement between cancer patients and their treating physicians in the perception of psychological distress. An attempt was made to assess the nature and degree of agreement in symptom perception between the patient and the doctor. An attempt was also made to ascertain the relative weights assigned various classes of symptoms by the physician in coming to a conclusion about overall level of psychological disorder in the patient. Results indicated significant differences between patients and physicians as the doctors' judgements about overall level of psychological distress rose: physicians tended to rate patients significantly higher on dimensions of Anxiety and Interpersonal Sensitivity, and significantly lower on Depression, than the patients rated themselves. Significant correlations were observed between doctors' global judgements of disorder and the symptom dimensions of Hostility, Anxiety, and Psychoticism. Depression correlated significantly with the physicians' overall judgements of psychological distress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-201
Number of pages5
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume17
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1976
Externally publishedYes

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Psychology
Physicians
Neoplasms
Anxiety
Depression
Hostility
Psychological
Cancer Patients
Weights and Measures
Psychological Distress
Doctors

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  • Psychology(all)

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Cancer patients and their physicians in the perception of psychological symptoms. / Derogatis, Leonard; Abeloff, M. D.; McBeth, C. D.

In: Psychosomatics, Vol. 17, No. 4, 1976, p. 197-201.

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Derogatis, Leonard ; Abeloff, M. D. ; McBeth, C. D. / Cancer patients and their physicians in the perception of psychological symptoms. In: Psychosomatics. 1976 ; Vol. 17, No. 4. pp. 197-201.
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