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Condensed Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (CMSAS)

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...

Author of Tool: 
Chang, V. T., Hwang, S. S., Kasimis, B., & Thaler, H. T.

Spiritual Health Inventory- For Nurses (SHI-N)

Caregivers are responsible for the health of the whole person, and research is increasingly highlighting the spiritual element of a patients experience as a vital component in their recovery. Self-reported feelings of spirituality have been shown to offer some protection against disease and assist in coping. For this reason, it is an important and useful construct for caregivers to be aware of when caring for patients. This instrument was developed in Highfield (1992) where it was shown that nurses had a generally poor assessment of patient spirituality.

Author of Tool: 
Highfield M.

Spiritual Health Inventory- For Patients (SHI-P)

Caregivers are responsible for the health of the whole person, and research is increasingly highlighting the spiritual element of a patients experience as a vital component in their recovery. Self-reported feelings of spirituality have been shown to offer some protection against disease and assist in coping. For this reason, it is an important and useful construct for caregivers to be aware of when caring for patients. This instrument was developed in Highfield (1992) where it was shown that nurses had a generally poor assessment of patient spirituality. Without instruments such as the SHI...

Author of Tool: 
Highfield, M.

The Patient Health Questionnaire-4 (PHQ-4)

Anxiety and depression are the two most prevalent illnesses among patients, and in the general population. Because these two mood disorders are frequently co-morbid they can have especially problematic outcomes. The nature of these mood disorders can make filling out long questionnaires difficult if patients are suffering from fatigue or loss of concentration. Furthermore, time is at a premium in any clinical practice. Therefore, the 'Patient Health Questionnaire-4' (PHQ-4) was developed and validated by Kroenke, Spitzer, Williams, & Löwe, (2009) in order to address these needs

Author of Tool: 
Kroenke, K.

Prostate Cancer Symptom Indexes and Symptom Distress Scales (PCSISDS)

The treatment of prostate cancer is not very successful, and those who do receive treatment often experience a number of uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms. For this reason, patients' quality of life and their perception of treatment outcomes are very important. The Prostate Cancer Symptom Indexes and Symptom Distress Scales (PCSISDS) measures under three main domains: urinary problems, bowel problems, and sexual dysfunction.

Author of Tool: 
Clark, J., & Talcott, J.

Prostate Cancer-Related Quality of Life Scales (PC-QOL)

The treatment of prostate cancer is not very successful, and those who do receive treatment often experience a number of uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms. For this reason, patients' quality of life and their perception of treatment outcomes are very important. The Prostate Cancer-Related Quality of Life Scales (PC-QOL) all measure under the following domains:
1). Urinary Control
2) Sexual Intimacy
3) Sexual Confidence
4) Masculine Self-Esteem
5) Marital Affection
6) Health Worry
7) PSA Concern
8) Cancer Control
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Author of Tool: 
Jack A. Clark

Disordered Eating Attitude Scale (DEAS)

Eating attitudes are simply defined as any thought, belief, affect or behaviour towards food. Traditionally, most psychometric instruments assessing attitudes towards eating and the individual's relationship with food revolve around eating disorders (ED) with a resultant focus on ED symptoms. Beyond these types of measures, the remaining corpus of scales examine specific areas of interest in eating attitudes to the neglect of general feelings, attitudes and behavioural correlates. To bridge this research and empirical chasm, Alvarenga, Scagliusi and Philippi (2010) developed the Disordered...

Author of Tool: 
Alvarenga, M. S., Scagliusi, F. B., & Philippi, S. T.

Network Relationships-Social Provisions Version (NRI-SPV)

We developed the Network of Relationships Inventory (NRI) to be able to examine a broad array of relationship characteristics across a number of different types of personal relationships (Furman & Buhrmester, 1985). The most important feature of the NRI is that participants use the same set of items to describe their relationship with each of several members of their social network (e.g., mother, father, sibling, friend, romantic partner, and teacher.). This feature results in a matrix of “relationships by qualities” scores that is useful both for describing average (mean-level)...

Author of Tool: 
Furman, W., & Buhrmester, D.

The Network of Relationships Behavioral Systems Version

The NRI- Behavioral Systems Version (NRI-BSV)— is based on Furman and Wehner’s (1994) behavioral systems conceptualization of romantic and other close relationships.  Based on an integration of attachment theory (Ainsworth, 1989; Shaver & Hazan, 1988) and Sullivanian theory (Sullivan, 1953), they hypothesized that the attachment, caregiving, affiliative, and sexual/reproductive behavioral systems become central in romantic relationships; the first three systems were expected to be key in other close types of relationships, although...

Author of Tool: 
Furman, W., & Buhrmester, D.

The Caregiver Quality of Life Index-Cancer (CQOLC) scale

A panoply of instruments measuring caregiver burden have been developed since Zarit, Reever, and Bach-Peterson's (1980) pioneering study investigating carer strain using the Zarit Burden interview. Yet, a dearth of studies exist for parsing the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of the carer. McMillan (1996) designed a valid and reliable caregiver quality of life index to study such constructs in the partner of the patient. Later, Weitzner and colleagues (1999) modified this scale to serve as a well-being outcome measure specifically for carers of cancer patients.

Author of Tool: 
M. A. Weitzner, P. B. Jacobsen, H. Wagner Jr., J. Friedland, C. Cox

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