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Does Distress Thermometer Have a Utility in the Era of COVID-19 Pandemic?

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1106643, PP. 1-6

Subject Areas: Epidemiology

Keywords: COVID-19, Distress Thermometer, Screening, Clinical

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The psychological impacts of the new COVID-19 pandemic are already evident. The pandemic sequelae will be observed in many populations: clinicians who care for patients with COVID-19, patients with COVID-19 and their families, patients with established psychiatric disorders, as well as the general population. Distress Thermometer (DT) is a single-item, self-report measure of distress that provides a brief, visual analogue, non-invasive screening for distress among cancer patients, as well as patients with chronic diseases. In this brief report, we try to answer the question of: does distress thermometer have a utility in the era of COVID-19 pandemic?

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Mohamed, S. , Elgohary, G. , ElHaffez, A. A. , Kamel, E. and El-Aziz, N. A. (2020). Does Distress Thermometer Have a Utility in the Era of COVID-19 Pandemic?. Open Access Library Journal, 7, e6643. doi:


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