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The PERSONS Score For Symptoms Assessment In Simultaneous Care Setting: A Pilot Study

Alessio Cortellini, Giampiero Porzio, Eva K. Masel, Anna S. Berghoff, Barbara Knotzer, Alessandro Parisi, Francesco Pavese, Corrado Ficorella, Lucilla Verna

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One of the first steps to early integrate palliative care into oncology practice is a timely and efficient evaluation of symptoms (Bakitas et al., 2015; Davis et al., 2015; Temel et al., 2010). In a recent position paper, the Italian Association of Medical Oncology tells oncologists that they “must be able to prevent, recognize, measure, and treat all cancer-related symptoms” (Zagonel et al., 2017). Major international scientific societies such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the European Society of Medical Oncology have often defined the key role of symptoms evaluation and management to force the integration of palliative care into oncology (Davis et al., 2015; Ferrel et al., 2017). Nevertheless, a recent survey conducted by the Italian Association of Medical Oncology shows that only 20% of oncologists regularly uses valid tools to evaluate symptoms, 45% exclusively use them in the context of clinical trials, 30% use them only occasionally, and 5% never use them (Zagonel et al., 2016).