Psychological screening of onco-hematologic inpatients: Distress Thermometer administration



The screening of psychological distress is a milestone in psycho-oncology. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has established clinical guidelines for detecting and managing it and the Distress Thermometer (DT) was the recommended tool for the screening. Although its utility for oncologic patients has been reported frequently in the literature, less is known about hematologic patients. The present study involves a sample of onco-hematologic adult patients.


In the current study, we proposed the Distress Thermometer and the Problem List in a sample of hematologic inpatients at Ca’ Foncello Hospital, Treviso, Italy. We evaluated 102 patients, 61% male and 39% female, median age 59 years (range 18-78). Enrolled patients had acute leukemia (31%), multiple myeloma (31%), or lymphoma (31%).


A total of 41.6% of the patients presented psychological distress, and the DT score was associated with neither sex nor diagnosis. The psychological distress was mild in 21.8%, moderate in 13.8%, and severe in 12.9% of the patients.


Our results were consistent with previous results regarding the validation process of DT in a large sample of Italian cancer patients.

Tumori 2016; 102(2): 178 - 183




Marta Bellè, Barbara Muzzatti, Maddalena Tomas, Filippo Gherlinzoni

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  • Service of Hospital Psychology, Cà Foncello Hospital, Treviso - Italy
  • Department of Medical and Biological Sciences, University of Udine, Treviso - Italy
  • Haematology Unit, Cà Foncello Hospital, Treviso - Italy

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