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Table 1 Sensitivity and specificity at each cut-off point on the Distress Thermometer (DT) [16, 19] for the criterion measure, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) [42] for cancer patients and carers.

From: Feasibility of brief psychological distress screening by a community-based telephone helpline for cancer patients and carers

  HADS Total Score (≥ 15) HADS Anxiety Subscale (≥ 8) HADS Depression Subscale (≥ 8)
  Cancer Patient Carer Cancer Patient Carer Cancer Patient Carer
DT cut-off Sensitivity Specificity Sensitivity Specificity Sensitivity Specificity Sensitivity Specificity Sensitivity Specificity Sensitivity Specificity
≥ 0 100.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 100.0 0.00 100.0 0.0 100.0 0.0
≥ 1 96.8 11.1    96.5 12.2    94.6 8.8   
≥ 2 95.8 15.1 100.0 5.2 95.6 16.8 100.0 7.3 91.9 11.6 97.3 2.6
≥ 3 93.7 32.5 96.4 8.6 93.0 36.5 95.9 9.8 89.2 26.5 94.6 6.5
≥ 4 83.2 50.8 94.6 13.8 81.6 55.1 95.9 19.5 78.4 43.5 91.9 10.4
≥ 5 80.0 57.1 91.1 17.2 78.1 61.7 93.2 24.4 75.7 49.7 86.5 13.0
≥ 6 62.1 71.4 76.8 48.3 59.7 74.8 80.8 65.9 56.8 64.0 64.9 36.4
≥ 7 49.5 81.0 60.7 65.5 50.9 87.9 63.0 80.5 39.2 71.4 51.4 54.6
≥ 8 31.6 87.3 50.0 86.2 33.3 92.5 48.0 97.6 28.4 83.0 51.4 77.9
≥ 9 16.8 95.2 17.9 98.3 16.7 97.2 13.7 97.6 13.5 91.8 21.6 96.1
≥ 10 9.5 97.6 5.4 100.0 9.7 99.1 4.1 100.0 8.1 95.9 8.1 100.0
> 10 0.0 100.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 100.0