Purpouse of an instrument for the detection of emotional distress in patients at the end of life

Jorge Maté, Dolors Mateo, Ramon Bayés, Montserrat Bernaus, Carme Casas, Jesús González-Barboteo, Joaquín T. Limonero, Montserrat López-Postigo, Agustina Sirgo, Silvia Viel

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Abstract

Objective: To establish the methodology of work for a multidisciplinary group whose objective is to generate a tool to detect the emotional distress in patients at the end of their lives. Material and method: It describes the configuration and composition of the researching team as well as its method of work throughout 2007 and 2008. The combination of multiple face to face meetings, online conferences and the review of related bibliography formed the model and the criteria used as the basis for the debate that lead to the elaboration of the instrument. Results: The questionnaire DME is presented, and consists of two parts: 1) four questions addressed to the patient, and 2) observation by the health staff of signs that show the presence of emotional distress. At the moment, the instrument is under validation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-506
JournalPsicooncologia
Volume6
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Emotional distress
  • Instrument of evaluation
  • Palliative care
  • Patient at the end of life
  • Quality of life
  • Subjective needs

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