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Efficiency and Efficacy of the Distress Thermometer in the Burn and Wound Population (Research Mentoring High Student Project)

This study has been completed.
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Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center Identifier:
First received: July 22, 2010
Last updated: July 23, 2010
Last verified: May 2009

The purpose of the study is to test the efficiency and efficacy of the Distress Thermometer of patients admitted to the tertiary Burn and Wound Center. The American Cancer Society and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network published treatment guidelines in 2005 adopting the use of the Distress Thermometer as the preferred adjunct assessment tool of a patient's emotional well-being. A literature search provided extension of the tool to a Cardiac Follow-up Clinic. The Distress Thermometer is currently used with oncology patients at Saint Elizabeth.

The emotional well being of patients and their significant others is a hallmark of wholistic care. The simple Likert scale of 0-10 has a trigger for further assessment and/ or intervention at four. The validity testing of the tool was done against the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI-18).

The purpose of this study is to measure the efficiency and efficacy of the documentation of the Distress Thermometer to patients admitted to a tertiary Burn and Wound Care Center. The frequency of the documentation will be counted and type of documentation will be categorized.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Prospective Observational

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Study Start Date: May 2009
Study Completion Date: July 2009
Primary Completion Date: July 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Burn Department Nurses and Burn Patients

Inclusion Criteria:

  • nursing staff will be nurses working the evening/night shift beginning at 1900.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • all patients on the ventilator.
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Responsible Party: Pam Wiebelhaus, Saint Elizabeth Regional Burn Center Identifier: NCT01169285     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 609-044 
Study First Received: July 22, 2010
Last Updated: July 23, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

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Burn Department Nursing Staff processed this record on October 21, 2016