Memorial Symptom Assesment Scale – Short Form (MSAS-SF)
Author of Tool:
Chang, V. T., Hwang, S. S., Feuerman, M., Kasimis, B
Chang, V. T., Hwang, S. S., Feuerman, M., Kasimis, B. (2000). The Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale Short Form (MSAS-SF). Validity and reliability. Cancer, 89, 1162–1171.
Webber, K., Davies, A. N. (2011). Validity of the memorial symptom assessment scale-short form psychological subscales in advanced cancer patients. J Pain Symptom Manage, 42(5), 761-7.
Primary use / Purpose:
The Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale – Short Form (MSAS-SF) is a 32 item inventory rated on a 5 point Likert-type scale. Its purpose is to measure the frequency, severity, and distress associated with, 32 separate, multidimensional symptoms experienced by patients. The MSAS-SF has been used with a wide range of illnesses and it’s suitable for either clinical or research settings.
With the introduction and growing acceptance of the biopsychosocial model of health, it is becoming increasingly common to assess the quality of life of patients before, during, or after serious illness, pain, or surgery. Palliative carers are especially concerned with the well-being of patients who may be suffering from psychological as well as physical symptoms. The effects of psychological processes are now recognised as major contributors to our physical health. For this reason, the MSAS-SF was developed and validated for clinicians who require a quick, accurate, and multi-dimensional measure of patient quality of life.
The psychometric properties of the Memorial Symptom Assesment Scale – Short Form (MSAS-SF) are discussed in Chang, Hwang, Feuerman, Kasimis (2000).