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Screening and Assessment in Psychosocial Oncology 

Screening and Assessment in Psychosocial Oncology
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Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)

Efforts to understand and meet the needs of cancer patients have led to the development of a variety of indicators and scales, including those focusing on quality of life, psychosocial disturbance, and more recently, unmet needs. The latter approach assumes that patients are exper about their well-being and have the right and capacity to articulate their needs rather than relying upon professional experts to make such judgments. However, it is critical that efforts to elicit such needs meet minimum psychometric methodological criteria. Efforts to examine the effectiveness of treatments designed to improve the patient’s well-being may not be able to be accurately estimated given potential variance in an unmet need measurement scale. This chapter details some of the psychometric criteria that should be used when determining the methodological adequacy of an unmet need questionnaire, and provides an overview of the scientific quality of some of the existing unmet need scales.

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