Assessment of anxiety in advanced cancer patients: a mixed method study

Hanneke Veldhuisen, D Zweers, E de Graaf, SCCM Teunissen

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Anxiety is a risk for reduced quality of life in advanced cancer patients. However, it is an overlooked symptom without routine use of instruments to assess anxiety.


To gain insight into the use of instruments by nurses to assess anxiety in advanced cancer patients and the rationale behind it.


Data with regard to nurses' use of instruments were collected from medical records of 154 patients in three settings. Additionally, 12 nurses were interviewed.


Four instruments were used to assess anxiety. The frequency of assessed anxiety differed among settings. The application of instruments guided patient care and improved communication. Lack of knowledge was the main reason not to use instruments.


Application was influenced by patient and environmental factors, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of nurses. Multifaceted strategies, leadership and education of nurses in the assessment and analysis of anxiety are needed to improve symptom management in advanced cancer patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-350
Number of pages10
JournalInternational journal of palliative nursing
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2016


  • Advanced cancer
  • Anxiety
  • Methods
  • Nurses
  • Palliative care
  • Symptom assessment


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