Supportive Care Screening Instruments Report. Prepared for Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), Victoria
This Rapid Review identified population-based screening instruments for application in any cancer setting, for any patient, in any stage of the cancer journey, relevant to physical, social, information, spiritual and/or psychological needs. The review focus was population-based screening instruments. However, there were important secondary findings in terms of assessment instruments that facilitated identification, triage and/or referral of patients to appropriate care/interventions; instruments that could improve patient outcomes and experience (quality of life), and instruments that could improve the management of identified needs of cancer patients. The Review team used a debating process to differentiate between population-screening instruments, and assessment instruments of individual needs related to age, type or stage of cancer, and quality of life (general measures, or measures specific to cancer type).