Aims: The Anxiety and Depression Pathway Program (ADAPT) will facilitate the implementation of the Clinical Pathway for the screening, assessment and management of anxiety and depression in adult cancer patients. Patient information is required to explain routine screening for anxiety and depression, and a stepped model of care for patients with cancer. We developed and evaluated patient information that explains the importance and practicalities of routine screening for anxiety and depression.
Methods: The patient resources were developed in 3 stages:
Results: Expert review identified resources already in place about anxiety and depression, and these resources were included. New information developed in online format and as an A5 pamphlet included information about:
Qualitative analysis has identified the following themes:
Conclusions: These patient resources will improve patient understanding of routine screening for anxiety and depression, and may improve uptake of screening and referrals. Consumers value information that explains the screening process.