EONS Poster - Standardising the psychosocial assessment of oncological patients at Donostia University Hospital

Date 22 October 2018
Event ESMO 2018 Congress
Session EONS Poster diplay
Topics Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer
Presenter Elena Uranga
Citation Annals of Oncology (2018) 29 (suppl_8): viii683-viii688. 10.1093/annonc/mdy276
Authors A. Valverde, E. Uranga, M.A. Landa, M.J. Esnaola, L. Basterretxea, G. Agirre, O. Aizpurua, A. Barrio, M. Centeno, I. Delgado, G. Jauregui, L. Moreno, M. Murguiondo, J. San Francisco, H. Telleria
  • Oncology, Hospital Donostia, 20080 - San Sebastian/ES



A cancer diagnosis often causes an emotional impact with signs of anxiety, uncertainty and subjective discomfort. It is necessary to identify and assess emotional discomfort to offer quality treatment articulated around the patient and his / her demand. The design of a questionnaire that is easy to use and understand, allows the detection of patients susceptible to referral to the Psycho-oncology Unit (POU) The POU consists of a Psychiatrist and a Nurse with specific training in Psycho-oncology.


Prepare a PAQ that includes: Evaluation of emotional distress assisted by visual analogue scales (VAS); Modified Gijón scale (sociofamilar assessment scale); previous use of psychoactive drugs - Include PAQ in the first nursing visit - Quick referral to POU - Interview with psycho-oncology nurse - Valuation, diagnosis and treatment planning by POU - Data recording.


Patients with a positive PAQ are referred to the POU where the liaison nurse performs an interview with the patient and / or family. The nurse collects data on psychobiography, oncological disease, psychic sphere, frequent affections, previous contacts with psychologists / psychiatrists and treatments with psychoactive drugs. The POU will offer the patient the most appropriate resource for their needs (Psychotherapy, Psychopharmaceuticals, Social Work Service).


The inclusion of the PAQ in the first visit of nursing allows the detection and early treatment of disorders in the psychosocial area. We achieve an optimal use of resources, a greater adherence to the proposed oncological treatment, alleviate problems that are found throughout the oncological treatment and improve the quality of life of our patients by reducing emotional discomfort.

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Hospital Universitario Donostia.


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All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.