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Table 2 Comparisons between oncologist and patient ratings

From: Oncologists’ perception of depressive symptoms in patients with advanced cancer: accuracy and relational correlates

  M (SD)      
Measure Patient Oncologist r t (d) Underestimation (%) Acceptable Estimation (%) Overestimation (%)
Depressive Symptoms 3.46 (3.33) 3.94 (3.50) .29*** 1.67 (−.14) 15.9 62.7a 21.4
A) Sadness .54 (.72) .70 (.73) .31*** 2.66** (−.22) 18.4 48.8b 32.8
B) Pessimism .77 (.88) .95 (.91) .22** 2.27* (−.20) 2.2 41.3 36.3
C) Failure .34 (.69) .30 (.53) .08 -.63 (.07) 18.4 63.2 18.4
D) Dissatisfact. .35 (.57) .47 (.67) .18* 2.16 (−.19) 17.9 57.2 24.9
E) Guilt .25 (.66) .24 (.57) .08 -.13 (.02) 11.9 74.6 13.4
F) Self-Dislike .21 (.47) .17 (.42) .09 -.95 (.09) 14.9 73.1 11.9
G) Suicidal Idea .26 (.63) .09 (.35) .29*** −3.65*** (.33) 13.4 82.1 4.5
H) Body Image .74 (.90) 1.01 (.90) .18* 3.27** (−.30) 21.9 38.3 39.8
Distress 1.80 (1.60) 3.07 (1.73) .35*** 9.47*** (−.76) 8.5 42.3c 49.3
  1. Note. aEvaluations of depression were considered acceptable when situated within 17 points away from the patient’s score. This margin is based on an α of .81, calculated for the patient BDI-SF; bEvaluations on BDI-SF items were considered acceptable when they exactly matched the patient’s score; cEvaluations of distress were considered acceptable when situated within 6.3 points away from the patient’s score. This margin is based on a test-retest r of .80, reported in a recent validation study of the DT (Tang et al. 2011).
  2. *p < .05, **p < .01, ***p < .001.