PROM Detail

Support Team Assessment Schedule
  • Basic Information
  • Detailed Information
  • Domains
  • Psychometrics

Basic Information

Abbreviated name
Full name
Support Team Assessment Schedule
Short description
The STAS was developed as a standardized measure to evaluate the work of palliative care support teams. Its 17 items can be rated from 0 (best) to 4 (worst) by a patients professional caregiver. These items measure patient symptoms, anxiety and insight, family anxiety and insight, quality of communication with health care professionals and carers, and the need for practical support. Although still well used in Asia, it has largely been superseded by the POS in other regions.
PCCC or QoL? ?
This compendium contains patient-reported measures that are either designed to specifically measure aspects of Person Centred Co-Ordinated Care (P3C), or alternatively tools that are designed to measure some aspect of Quality of Life (QoL) or Health Related Quality of Life (hrQoL). All the measures in this compendium have been broadly categorised into one of those two concepts.
Person Centred Coordinated Care
Main Domains Measured ?
This is the key domains that the measure is targeting.
End of life, palliative care
Type of measure ?
The measures in this compendium can take a variety of forms. Generally, they will be either Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) or Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM). However, we have also included a few measures that are completed by proxy-individual (PROXY), which are useful in instances where the respondent cannot answer directly (e.g. dementia or end of life). Sometimes, these measures can even be a composite of these types, and target both experiences and outcomes – we have labelled these measures “PROEMs”.
Respondent ?
The person that fills in the questionnaire - e.g. patient, Health Care Professional, or proxy (normally a carer or family member)

Detailed Information

Year developed ?
The year in which the measure was first published.
Country developed in ?
The main country[s] in which the measure was first developed.
Original publication ?
The publication in which the measure was originally published.
Search Citations of Original Reference
Target condition ?
The measures can be either generic or disease specific (e.g. Diabetes, Heart Failure)
End of Life Care
Main context tested in ?
The main context in which the measure has been developed and used (E.g. Hopital, General Practice etc).
Broad variety of palliative care.
Main countries used in ?
The main countries in which the measure has been developed and used.
Target age ?
e.g. Adults, Children, Elderly
Main uses of measure ?
The context in which the measure is most often used – e.g. clinical trials; national surveys.
To measure the outcome of palliative care, through comparisons with the views of patients and family members.
Used in UK? ?
Whether the instrument has been tested and validated within a UK healthcare context.
Impact ?
A crude indication of the impact of the measure on academia. This is the number of times the original publication has been cited on PubMed, divided/normalised to the years since publication.
Official translations
Dutch, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish


Domain description
End of life, palliative care


Brief description ?
A brief description of the initially reported psychometric properties of the measure.
Cohen kappas for STAS items were greater than 0.48 (up to 0.87), with high correlation coefficients (Spearman rho ranged 0.65-0.94).