Expanding Rural Access: Distance Delivery of Support

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
University of California, Berkeley
Information provided by:
Stanford University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00186511
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: December 4, 2006
Last verified: December 2006
  Purpose

The major goal of this project is to test the feasibility and acceptability of using videoconferencing to provide support groups led by trained facilitators to rural women with breast cancer in northern California.


Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Depression
Behavioral: workbook/journal on coping with breast cancer
Behavioral: supportive expressive group therapy using videoconferencing
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Expanding Rural Access: Distance Delivery of Support

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Further study details as provided by Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale
  • Posttraumatic Stress Checklist

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Cancer Behavior Inventory
  • Courtauld Emotional Control Scale

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: November 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2006
Detailed Description:

Women with breast cancer in rural areas are likely exhaust their usual sources of psychosocial support while still facing challenges posed by breast cancer, but are unlikely to have access to professionally-led support groups. In this community-based project, we assessed the feasibility and acceptability of providing support groups to women with breast cancer in a large rural area using videoconferencing and a workbook journal, and we assessed the intervention’s potential to reduce distress and increase emotional expression and self-efficacy for coping with cancer. Twenty-seven women in the Intermountain Region of northeastern California participated in 8-session support groups led by an oncology social worker by going to nearby videoconferencing sites. Feasibility and acceptability were demonstrated. Older as well as younger women were comfortable using videoconferencing and said the groups were valuable because they promoted information sharing and emotional bonds with other women with breast cancer. They emphasized the importance of a professional facilitator and identified advantages of using videoconferencing for support groups. Pretest and posttest comparisons showed significant decreases in depression and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. The results suggest that the intervention has the potential to provide a valuable service that is not readily available in rural communities.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 1) has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and 2) is a woman

Exclusion Criteria:

  • 1) under 21 years of age, and 2) does not speak and read English
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00186511

Locations
United States, California
Stanford University
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
University of California, Berkeley
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Cheryl Koopman, Ph.D. Stanford University
  More Information

No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00186511     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 10AB-2801
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: December 4, 2006
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Depression
Depressive Disorder
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Anxiety Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 28, 2014