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Table 2 Features of the identified symptom assessment scales

From: A systematic review of symptom assessment scales in children with cancer

Instrument Number of items Items for those with < 15 Items Dimensions Type of scale
ASyMS-YG[16] 5 Mouth sores, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea 2: Severity and bother 3 or 4 point Likert-type scales
Dupuis[17] 69 and 71 depending on child age   3: Presence, severity and bother 5 point Likert-type scales
MSAS 7-12[24] 8 Lethargy, sadness, itchiness, pain, worry, anorexia, nausea, insomnia 3: Frequency, severity and distress 3 or 4 point Likert-type scales
MSAS 10-18[26] 30   3: Frequency, severity and distress 4 or 5 point Likert-type scales
RSCL[29] 39   1: Bother Mainly 4 point Likert-type scales
SDS[25] 10 Sleep, feeling, tiredness, appearance, appetite, ability to get around pain, nausea, bowel movements, concentration 1: Distress 5 point Likert-type scales
Sitaresmi[21] 13 Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, mouth ulcers, increased appetite, decreased appetite, infections, excessive weight gain, hair loss, leg weakness, fatigue, spontaneous bleeding, behavior alteration 2: Frequency and severity 5 point Likert-type scales
TRSC-C[23] 23   1: Severity 5 point Likert-type scales
  1. Abbreviations: ASyMS-YG Advanced Symptom Management System – Young; MSAS Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale, RSCL Rotterdam Symptom Checklist, SDS Symptom Distress Scale, TRSC-C Therapy-related Symptom Checklist – Child.