Policy Number


Screening and Management of Psychosocial and Supportive Care Needs in Cancer Care - Policy and Procedure - NSHA CAN-PSY-005


This policy describes the procedures and tools used for screening and managing cancer-related distress in adults.  Screening and management of psychosocial and supportive care needs (distress) is a standard of care in the Nova Scotia Health Cancer Care Program.

This is based on The Best Practice Guideline for the Management of Cancer-Related Distress in Adults (2015). This is a reference document that has guided the development of this policy. It is important to note that changes to the Patients Come First: Your Symptoms and Concerns Matter screening tool include the removal of the Distress Thermometer (DT) and revision of the summary sheet. The screening tool continues to include the Canadian Problem Checklist (CPC) and the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System- revised (ESAS-r) as described in the Guideline.