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Title: Exploring the clinical utility of a brief screening measure of unmet supportive care needs in people with high-grade glioma.
Austin Authors: Campbell, Rachel;Faris, Mona;Shaw, Joanne;Halkett, Georgia K B;Legge, Dianne;Koh, Eng-Siew;Nowak, Anna K;Agar, Meera R;Ownsworth, Tamara;Pike, Kerryn E;Chan, Raymond J;Dhillon, Haryana M
Affiliation: Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG), School of Psychology, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Curtin School of Nursing/ Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Bentley, WA, Australia.;Oliva Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, VIC, Australia.
South West Sydney Clinical School, UNSW Medicine, University of New South Wales, Liverpool, NSW, Australia.;Liverpool and Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centers, Liverpool, NSW, Australia.;Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, Liverpool, NSW, Australia.
Department of Medical Oncology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA, Australia.;Medical School, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA, Australia.
Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT), University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.;Cancer Symptom Trials Group, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
School of Applied Psychology and Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Australia.
School of Applied Psychology and Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Australia.;Griffith Centre for Mental Health, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.;School of Psychology and Public Health and John Richards Center for Rural Ageing Research, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia.
Caring Futures Institute, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, South Australia, Australia.
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre
Issue Date: Oct-2023
Date: 2023
Publication information: Neuro-oncology Practice 2023-10; 10(5)
Abstract: People living with high-grade glioma (HGG) have diverse and complex needs. Screening aims to detect patients with some level of unmet need requiring triaging and further assessment. However, most existing measures of unmet need are not suitable for screening in this population due to their length. We aimed to explore the clinical utility of a brief screening tool (SCNS-ST9) in people with HGG in detecting unmet needs. Secondary analysis of data collected in a prospective cohort study of 116 people with HGG who completed the Supportive Care Needs Survey (SCNS-SF34) and a brain cancer-specific needs survey (BrTSCNS) during chemoradiation (T1) and 6 months later (T2). The SCNS-ST9 contains a subset of 9 items from the SCNS-SF34. Data analysis determined the number of individuals with unmet needs on the SCNS-SF34 and the BrTSCNS, not identified as having some level of need by the SCNS-ST9. Overall, 3 individuals (T1: 2.6% [3/116]; T2: 4.8% [3/63]) at each time point reported other unmet needs on the SCNS-SF34 that were missed by the SCNS-ST9. Domain-specific screening items missed a higher proportion of individuals (3.2%-26%), particularly in the psychological and health systems domains. Only 1 individual with brain cancer-specific needs was missed by SCNS-ST9 overall. Findings demonstrate the sensitivity and clinical utility of a brief screening tool (SCNS-ST9) of unmet needs in people with HGG. Routine use of this screening tool, supported by clinical pathways, may improve access to support services, potentially reducing the burden of disease for these patients.
DOI: 10.1093/nop/npad035
ORCID: 0000-0002-1664-2513
Journal: Neuro-oncology Practice
Start page: 454
End page: 461
PubMed URL: 37720397
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: brain cancer
high-grade glioma
supportive care
unmet needs
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