Screening for distress in patients with cancer

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2015 May;46(5):201-2. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20150420-12.


Distress screening, using the Distress Thermometer for Patients, is a valid, evidence-based approach to assess and facilitate the identification of interventions for patients and families experiencing cancer-related distress. Nurses are in position to lead early implementation of screenings and identify interventions for illness-related distress.

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening*
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Stress, Psychological / diagnosis*