Is screening effective in detecting untreated psychiatric disorders among newly diagnosed breast cancer patients
Palmer SC et al. – Given the high rates of existing treatment, screening may not be efficient for identifying untreated disorder. Almost two–thirds of patients with treated disorders remain symptomatic. Use of symptom scales might reasonably be expanded to surveillance of treatment response or ruling out disorder. Substantial resources would likely be required to coordinate or manage psychiatric care among patients, as would a willingness to intervene in existing relationships with other providers.