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The development of the Canberra symptom scorecard: a tool to monitor the physical symptoms of patients with advanced tumours

Barresi, Margherita; Shadbolt, Bruce; Byrne, Donald G; Stuart-Harris, Robin


BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced (incurable) tumours usually experience a diverse burden of symptoms. Although many symptom assessment instruments are available, we examined whether these addressed tumour-related symptoms. METHODS: We reviewed existing symptom assessment instruments and found a number of deficiencies such as instruments being too long or burdensome, too short, or measuring quality of life rather than tumour-related symptoms. Others focused on emotional, rather than...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003-12-17
Type: Journal article
Source: BMC Cancer
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2407-3-32


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