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Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research 7/2018

21-05-2018 | Brief Communication

The modified Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale Short Form: a modified response format and rational scoring rules

Auteurs: J. L. Sharp, K. Gough, M. C. Pascoe, A. Drosdowsky, V. T. Chang, P. Schofield

Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research | Uitgave 7/2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale Short Form (MSAS-SF) is a widely used symptom assessment instrument. Patients who self-complete the MSAS-SF have difficulty following the two-part response format, resulting in incorrectly completed responses. We describe modifications to the response format to improve useability, and rational scoring rules for incorrectly completed items.

Methods

The modified MSAS-SF was completed by 311 women in our Peer and Nurse support Trial to Assist women in Gynaecological Oncology; the PeNTAGOn study. Descriptive statistics were used to summarise completion of the modified MSAS-SF, and provide symptom statistics before and after applying the rational scoring rules. Spearman’s correlations with the Functional Assessment for Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) were assessed.

Results

Correct completion of the modified MSAS-SF items ranged from 91.5 to 98.7%. The rational scoring rules increased the percentage of useable responses on average 4% across all symptoms. MSAS-SF item statistics were similar with and without the scoring rules. The pattern of correlations with FACT-G and HADS was compatible with prior research.

Conclusion

The modified MSAS-SF was useable for self-completion and responses demonstrated validity. The rational scoring rules can minimise loss of data from incorrectly completed responses. Further investigation is recommended.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The modified Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale Short Form: a modified response format and rational scoring rules
Auteurs
J. L. Sharp
K. Gough
M. C. Pascoe
A. Drosdowsky
V. T. Chang
P. Schofield
Publicatiedatum
21-05-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer International Publishing
Gepubliceerd in
Quality of Life Research / Uitgave 7/2018
Print ISSN: 0962-9343
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2649
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-018-1855-y