Anxiety Search Strategy

  • Initial references prior to update  - 37
  • Search results of literature retrieved 5/1/2008 – 11/30/2014
  • PubMed:
  • (Therapy/Broad[filter] OR systematic[sb]) AND (cancer[ti] OR oncolog*[ti] OR Neoplasms[majr]) AND (Anxiety[mesh] OR anxiety[ti] OR distress[ti])
  • Filters activated: Publication date from 2008/05/01 to 2014/11/30
  • 615 citations retrieved
  • (MM anxiety OR TI anxiety OR AB anxiety OR TI distress) AND (cancer OR neoplasms OR oncolog*)
  • Limiters: Published Date: 20080501-20141130, English Language, Human
  • 1462 citations retrieved
  • 168 titles selected for full article review
  • 119 final studies included after removal of duplicates and studies that did not meet inclusion criteria, and addition of manuscripts retrieved in other topics meeting anxiety criteria
  • NCCN
  • NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology: Distress management [v.2.2013]
Inclusion Criteria: 
1. Full research report, systematic review, guideline or meta-analysis
2. Study must report results of measurement of anxiety 
3. The study examines an intervention aimed at affecting anxiety
4. Study sample must include patients with cancer.
5. General and procedure related anxiety are included
Exclusion Criteria: 
1. Grey literature
2. Studies that report distress findings only and do not include a measurement of and report of findings for anxiety.