Screening is the optimal strategy for detecting diseases (such as major depression and adjustment disorders) that are prevalent, not evident, and treatable and that benefit from early treatment. In oncology settings, psychological interventions have been shown to alleviate depressive disorders detected by psychological screening. This evidence supports the efficacy of psychological screening, and guidelines such as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network have recommended routine screening for depressive disorders in clinical practice.
Our group also has spent several years developing a practical psychological screening program for cancer patients. Collaboration with medical oncologists or nurses is the cue to develop these programs. In this symposium, I will present the current status and future direction concerning screening program.