Frequently Asked Questions about the Distress Screening Response Toolkit (DSRT)
The DSRT is the Distress Screening Response Toolbox. The DSRT is a first of its kind resource for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals to provide educational materials that focus on treatment and intervention for the practical, emotional, spiritual and physical domains of cancer related distress included in the NCCN Distress Thermometer and Problem List. The DSRT also includes distress management educational materials focused on financial distress, caregiving, complimentary and alternative therapies and survivorship.
There is an expansive library about distress screening, but very little about what to do after you have screened the patient. The DSRT focuses on patient empowerment and is a patient centered source of education and intervention tools
After a patient has been screened for distress, the provider reviews specific problems that may be contributing to a patient’s distress. The DSRT includes problem focused tip sheets (Tips in a Minute), video education, and webinars that educate and empower the patient and teach strategies for self management of distress producing issues. The DSRT also includes resources for further assistance.
All content included in the DSRT is available free of charge to patients, caregivers and healthcare providers.
Not at this time, however OncoLink is working on a tool to create PDF documents that can be imported into a patient’s record.
No. The DSRT is not a screening tool. The DSRT provides educational materials for responding to distress screening, regardless of the tool used, the score or the pivotal point that has been determined by each individual treatment site.