Online Psychoeducation for Sexual Dysfunction in Cancer Survivors (OPES)
The purpose of this study is to test an online psychoeducational intervention for men and women with sexual difficulties after surgery for colorectal (men and women) or gynecological (women only) cancer. A psychoeducational intervention is a brief, educational treatment that encourages participants to also pay attention to, and modify, their thoughts, feelings, and behaviour.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Online Psychoeducation for Sexual Dysfunction in Cancer Survivors|
- Sexual distress [ Time Frame: Questionnaires administered 1 week pre-treatment, 1 week post treatment and six months post treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]measured by self report questionnaires
- Sexual function [ Time Frame: Questionnaires administered 1 week pre-treatment, 1 week post- treatment and six months post treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]measured by self-report questionnaires
|Study Start Date:||October 2010|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2014|
|Primary Completion Date:||October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Experimental: online psychoeducation||
Behavioral: online psychoeducation
The online psychoeducation contains 12 modules which will be administered once per week over the course of three months. The content of each module is as follows:
In addition to these weekly modules, all participants will have access to a moderated and password-protected bulletin board to which participants can post questions and the PI will respond.
Experiencing a diagnosis of cancer may dramatically alter the way a person feels about themselves, their body, and their significant relationships at sexual and intimate levels1. Cancer and its treatments affect the physiological, psychological, and sociological realms of a survivor's life and his/her ability to experience sexual health. Sexual health is recognized as an integral aspect of quality of life (QOL) during cancer and is increasingly receiving research and clinical attention. Sexual changes following the treatment of gynaecologic (i.e.: ovarian, endometrial, cervical) and colorectal cancers are common though often not discussed. Moreover, cancer survivors express dissatisfaction that sexual concerns, and treatment of them, are not discussed in the context of their cancer care. Oncologists frequently are faced with patients inquiring about sexual changes with cancer treatment, but are usually not equipped with accurate and comprehensive data on the precise sexual symptoms to expect or where to refer patients with sexual concerns.
The aims of the study are to assess the efficacy of a 12-module online psychoeducational intervention for sexual health (OPES) on (1) the primary endpoint of sexual distress in male and female cancer survivors with sexual problems; (2) the secondary sexuality-related endpoints of sexual desire, arousal (women) or erection (men), orgasm, and sexual pain; (3) on mood, relationship satisfaction, and quality of life; and (4) to assess gender differences in the proportion of survivors improved on sexual distress.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01159678
|Canada, British Columbia|
|UBC Sexual Health Lab|
|Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5Z 1M9|
|Principal Investigator:||Lori Brotto, PhD||University of British Columbia|