Investigating the Impact of Tailored Reports on Anxiety Amongst Cancer Patients and Their Confidants

This study has been completed.
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First received: August 4, 2005
Last updated: December 10, 2008
Last verified: August 2005

Objective: To explore the hypothesis that different methods of selecting and printing information for cancer patients could improve emotional support by affecting interaction with others, and so lead to improved psychological wellbeing.

Design: Randomised trial with 8 groups (three factors, 2X2X2). Data collected at recruitment and three month follow-up.

Participants: 400 patients starting radiotherapy and their 'confidant' (the person in who they confide).

Interventions: Printed booklets.

  1. Half had 'general' CancerBACUP information for that cancer; half had 'personal' information from the medical record plus selected general information;
  2. Half chose information by 'interacting' with the computer; half had a larger volume of material in booklets that were produced 'automatically'.
  3. Half had additional 'anxiety management advice'.

Outcomes: Patients' views; use of booklet with others; change in reported social support; change in anxiety and depression.

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Neoplasms
Prostatic Neoplasms
Laryngeal Neoplasms
Cervix Neoplasms
Procedure: Issue of information booklet
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Investigating the Impact of Tailored Reports on Anxiety

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • patients' views three months after intervention
  • use of booklet with others between intervention and three month follow up
  • change in reported social support between recruitment and three month follow up
  • change in anxiety and depression between recruitment and three month follow up

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • confidants' views three months after intervention
  • change in confidants' anxiety and depression between recruitment and three month follow up

Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: November 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2003
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients starting outpatient radiotherapy treatment with breast, prostate, cervical or laryngeal cancer

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Receiving palliative care
  • Severe pain or symptoms causing distress
  • Having cancer at other sites
  • Having no spoken English
  • Receiving treatment for psychological or psychiatric problems
  • Visual or mental handicap
  • Having case notes not available or ambiguous or illegible.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00127465

United Kingdom
Beatson Oncology Centre
Glasgow, United Kingdom, G11 6NT
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Plymouth
Principal Investigator: Ray Jones, PhD University of Plymouth
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Additional Information:
Jones RB, Pearson J, Bental D, Cawsey A, Gilmour WH, Barrett A et al. The effect of tailored reports on the anxiety of cancer patients. Final Report to ESRC on grant number L328253024, February 2004. (Details available on the Economic and Social Research Council website Identifier: NCT00127465     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ESRC-L328253025
Study First Received: August 4, 2005
Last Updated: December 10, 2008
Health Authority: United Kingdom: National Health Service

Keywords provided by University of Plymouth:
Medical Informatics
Patient education
Social support

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Laryngeal Neoplasms
Prostatic Neoplasms
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Breast Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Laryngeal Diseases
Neoplasms by Site
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Neoplasms
Prostatic Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Skin Diseases
Urogenital Neoplasms
Uterine Cervical Diseases
Uterine Diseases
Uterine Neoplasms processed this record on November 30, 2015