25th Anniversary of the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System

Commentary by Dr Ricardo Caponero

Before treating any symptom, we need to properly evaluate and quantify it and, in order to ensure quality of care, palliative care programs need to document the effectiveness of their relief of physical and psychological distress. Symptoms rarely occur in isolation – we often see a grouping of symptoms in clusters. An overall assessment of symptoms is a more appropriate way to address the problem and evaluate the impact of treatments. The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS), developed 25 years ago, has been psychometrically validated and translated into over 20 languages.

From the clinical perspective, ESAS is now commonly used for symptom screening and longitudinal monitoring in inpatient and outpatient settings in palliative ...


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Dr. Matti S. Aapro: Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Matti Aapro received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He was a fellow...

Dr Florian Scotté - Section Editor

Florian Scotté MD PHD is a medical oncologist in the Department of Oncology at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital, where...

Dr Carla Ripamonti - Section Editor

Carla Ida Ripamonti, M.D. specializes in medical oncology and clinical pharmacology. She is currently the Head of Supportive Care in...

Dr Ricardo Caponero - Section Editor

Dr Ricardo Caponero graduated in Medicine from Universidade de São Paulo, in 1984. Followed by a Fellowship in Radiotherapy at...

Dr Anton Snegovoy - Section Editor

ACADEMIC POSITIONS: Senior Research Associate, the Department of Research of New Anticancer Drugs with Out-patients Chemotherapy Unit, N.N.Blokhin Russian Cancer...

Dr Martin Chasen - Section Editor

Dr. Martin Chasen is currently the Medical Director of Palliative Care, at WOHS (William Osler Health System), previously Medical Director,...

Dr. Karin Jordan - Section Editor

Dr. Karin Jordan graduated from Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, after internships in the bone-marrow transplantation program at the...

Dr Jørn Herrstedt - Editorial Board Member

Jørn Herrstedt, MD, DMSci, is Professor in Clinical Oncology at the University of Southern Denmark and Senior Consultant at the...

Dr Andrew Bottomley – Editorial Board Member

Andrew Bottomley is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychology Society United Kingdom (U.K.). Dr Bottomley has spent...

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