Hospital Based Group Intervention for Breast Cancer Patients.
Quality of Life
Other: Support group
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
|Official Title:||Effects of Group Intervention on Anxiety, Depression and Quality of Life Among Women Operated for Breast Cancer. A Randomized, Prospective Study.|
- Scores on Health-related quality of life [ Time Frame: 2, 6 12 months and at 3 and 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||April 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2014|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Behavioral: Psychoeducative intervention
The experimental group consists of five weekly 2-hours sessions, focusing on coping with diagnosis and treatment
Other Name: Intervention group
Active Comparator: 2
The Hospitals standard follow-up support group
Other: Support group
Standard Hospital follow-up support group
Other Name: Standard group
Women operated for breast cancer often experience psychosocial problems for several years. Although, meta-analyses have clearly demonstrated that the efficacy of psychosocial support groups, little is known about the effectiveness of this intervention when offered in the hospital setting as a component of routine breast cancer care.
A few studies have found that psychological intervention reduce emotional distress and enhance immune responses,but if there is an association between coping styles and immune system is not clear.
440 breast cancer patients at two Hospital will be randomized into the study. Both Hospital have standardised psychoeducative interventions as a component of routine breast cancer care. Both Hospital will have two groups, the standardised groups and the experimental groups. Participants will answer the same standardised questionnaires before surgery,2,6,12 months and 3 and 5 years after the interventions. Blood sample will be drawn at all assessments. The questionnaires are the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, the Mini-mental Adjustment to Cancer Scale, the EORTC QLQ-BR32, the Life Orientation Test-Revised.
All groups are facilitated by two nurse specialists and follow a structured program. The standardised groups consists of three weekly 2-hours sessions and the experimental groups will consists of six weekly 2-hours session. The intervention protocol has been approved by the Norwegian Committee for medical research Ethics.
Knowledge from this study will be used to develop a manual for hospital based group interventions for breast cancer patients.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00289432
|Ullevaal University Hospital|
|Oslo, Norway, 0407|
|Principal Investigator:||Inger Schou Bredal, PhD||Ullevaal University Hospital|