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Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research 4/2012

01-05-2012

Translating ‘distress’ and screening for emotional distress in multicultural cancer patients in Israel

Auteurs: Miri Cohen, Roni Gagin, Tali Cinamon, Tamar Stein, Marian Moscovitz, Abraham Kuten

Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research | Uitgave 4/2012

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Abstract

Background

The adaptability of the distress thermometer (DT) to multicultural groups has rarely been assessed.

Aims

To assess DT adaptability to the Israeli population as a multicultural society.

Methods

Participants were 496 cancer patients. They were recruited for 3 days a week in 2009–2010 (97% response rate). Participants completed the DT, a problem list, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI-18).

Results

Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses of DT scores yielded area under the curve (AUC) of 0.63 as against HADS and of 0.78 as against BSI-18. ROC analysis revealed that the optimal cutoff score was ≥3. It yielded sensitivity and specificity of 0.74 and 0.65, as against the HADS, and 0.64 and 0.64, as against the BSI-18. The Jewish participants reported higher distress than the Arab participants, and the ROC properties were markedly higher for the Jewish subgroup alone.

Conclusions

The adapted DT was moderately efficient for detecting emotional distress in cancer patients in Israel. Cultural aspects related to distress should be taken into account for administration of the DT in multicultural societies.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Translating ‘distress’ and screening for emotional distress in multicultural cancer patients in Israel
Auteurs
Miri Cohen
Roni Gagin
Tali Cinamon
Tamar Stein
Marian Moscovitz
Abraham Kuten
Publicatiedatum
01-05-2012
Uitgeverij
Springer Netherlands
Gepubliceerd in
Quality of Life Research / Uitgave 4/2012
Print ISSN: 0962-9343
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2649
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-011-9972-x

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