Measures and Methods for Symptom and Symptom Cluster Assessment in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Lauri A Linder, Suzanne Ameringer, Christina Baggott, Jeanne Erickson, Catherine Fiona Macpherson, Cheryl Rodgers, Kristin Stegenga
Seminars in Oncology Nursing 2015, 31 (3): 206-15

OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of resources for measuring symptoms and symptom clusters in adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer and to examine methodological strategies for evaluating symptom clusters.

DATA SOURCES: Published research articles and clinical experience.

CONCLUSION: Limited research has addressed symptoms and symptom clusters in AYAs with cancer. Reliable, valid, and developmentally appropriate measures are needed to advance this area of research.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Use of mobile technology and mixed qualitative and quantitative methods to understand AYAs' experience of symptoms and symptom clusters could enhance symptom awareness and the evidence base for practice.

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