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

Michael E. 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 - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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