Perceptions of symptom distress in lung cancer patients: I. Congruence between patients and primary family caregivers

Michelle M. Lobchuk, Linda Kristjanson, Lesley Degner, Paul Blood, Jeffrey A. Sloan

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Abstract

Part I of this two-part paper employs a comparative descriptive design to compare primary family caregivers' assessments of lung cancer patients' symptom distress with patients' own perceptions of symptom distress in the home setting. Part II describes the results of the qualitative component of this research. A convenience sample of 37 patient-family caregiver dyads completed the McCorkle and Young Symptom Distress Scale (SDS). Family caregivers' global scores were moderately correlated with patients' global scores (r = 0. 71; P < 0. 001). No significant differences in ratings were found for ten of the 1.3 symptoms assessed. Therefore, when the patient is unable to provide a self-report of symptom distress, health-care professionals may seriously consider family caregivers' assessments of patients' symptom distress to be reasonable estimates for at least ten of the 13 symptoms on the SDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-146
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of pain and symptom management
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1997

Keywords

  • Family caregivers
  • Lung neoplasms
  • Mini-Mental Status Examination
  • Symptom distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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