Resources that can help nurses with assessment 

Marie Curie website provides guidance on Providing Emotional Care

Cancer Australia hosts information on Screening for distress

Tools that can be used to assess distress include:

The following UpToDate articles on assessment in palliative care include assessment of distress

The article Fear of Death published in The Oncologist (2005) explores the fears that patients experience regarding the dying process and death and tips on empathising with a dying patient.

The following fast fact sheets from Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin, US may be useful:

PCC4U offers opportunity to reflect on distress in :

Page updated 17 October 2022