Original Research - Oncology
Objective: Mental health in cancer patients must be addressed. This study's main objective was to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of the DT in a population of patients with brain tumors and determine the optimal cut-off point for the DT. Methods: We performed a cross-sectional study at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Mexico City, in a cohort of 110 patients. Results: Of the 108 participants with brain tumors that were included in the analysis (2 patients excluded by incomplete DT), 40 had gliomas, 31 had pituitary adenomas, 21 had meningiomas, and 16 had other types of tumors. Mean distress as measured by DT was 5.37 (SD=3), and the mean total problem list score was 21 (SD=9.14), with the most common subtype being physical problems (mean 7.7, SD=4.5) and emotional problems (mean 3.8, SD=1.9). HADS-T score mean was 13.7 (SD=7.3), with the mean HADS-D and HADS-A subsets being 5.8 (SD=4) and 7.85 (SD=4.4) respectively. A Receiver Operating Curve (ROC) analysis was performed to determine the optimal cut-off point of the DT in our population. We obtained an Area Under the Curve (AUC) of 0.71 (CI95%=0.61-0.81, p
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Morgenstern-Kaplan, Dan; Moreno-Jiménez, Sergio; Páez-Plascencia, Fernanda; Ruiz-Chow, Angel; and Flores-Vázquez, Fabiola
"Validation of the Distress Thermometer in a Mexican population with brain tumors: A Diagnostic Accuracy Study,"
Archives of Neurosurgery: Vol. 1
, Article 4.
Available at: https://www.ansjournal.org/home/vol1/iss1/4