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Interdisciplinary Pituitary Disorders Centre of Excellence: Assessment of Patient Education Tools

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01775332
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified July 2015 by Unity Health Toronto.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : January 24, 2013
Last Update Posted : July 31, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Unity Health Toronto

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this research study is to determine the utility of educational materials designed to inform patients of their pituitary condition, in an effort to assist the patients, families, and staff deal with pituitary tumours and related conditions in the best way possible. We have developed a website, informational videos, and a brochure for pituitary tumour patients and their families. The primary outcome measures will be 1) the level of knowledge that patients have of their condition before and after reviewing the materials provided; and 2) ease of use and user satisfaction of the materials. We hypothesize that our informative multimedia educational package will not only improve the health literacy and self-efficacy of patients and their families, but will also improve quality of care.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Pituitary Neoplasms Prolactinoma ACTH-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma Gigantism Growth Hormone-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma Other: Educational Intervention Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

This study involves a formative evaluation of the health literacy resources that we have already developed. We see approximately 60 new patients a year with pituitary disorders, plus the follow-up patients: all of these patients will be offered the opportunity to participate in the study. These materials include a website (containing videos, illustrations and written materials) and plain language educational brochures. The educational materials include information that patients will need throughout their experience with a pituitary tumour, ranging from the signs and symptoms of tumours, to long-term post-operative lifestyle changes. This evaluation will be a mixed-methods evaluation.

Part A (Think aloud) will use "think-aloud" processes to evaluate the usefulness and ease of use of a website that we have developed with patients and their families.

Part B (Resource assessment) will involve the use of questionnaires followed by semi-structured interviews with patients and families before and after using the resources.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Interdisciplinary Pituitary Disorders Centre of Excellence: Assessment of Patient Education Tools
Study Start Date : February 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2015
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2015

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Educational Intervention
Educational Intervention - Access to educational materials provided (i.e. website, videos, brochure)
Other: Educational Intervention
A brochure and access to a website including videos that contain detailed information about pituitary disorders will serve as the educational intervention.

No Intervention: No Intervention/Use of Own Resources
No educational materials are provided to participants, but they can use their own resources

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The level of knowledge that patients have of their condition before and after reviewing the materials provided, and ease of use of educational materials and user satisfaction [ Time Frame: 1-2 yrs ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age equal to or greater than 18 years;
  • capable of providing consent to participate on their own behalf;
  • diagnosed with a pituitary disorder OR have a history of pituitary disorder AND a current/former patient at St. Michael's Hospital, OR be a caretaker of someone with a pituitary disorder;
  • adequate written/verbal English skills.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Younger than 18 years;
  • Unable to provide consent;
  • Unable to communicate in written/verbal English, as all of the surveys and interviews are administered in English

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01775332

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Contact: Stanley Zhang, B.M. 416-864-5312

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Canada, Ontario
St. Michael's Hospital Recruiting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5B1T8
Contact: Stanley Zhang, B.M.    416-864-5312   
Principal Investigator: Michael Cusimano, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Unity Health Toronto
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Principal Investigator: Michael Cusimano, MD, PhD Unity Health Toronto
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Responsible Party: Unity Health Toronto Identifier: NCT01775332    
Other Study ID Numbers: SMHAIF - 058
First Posted: January 24, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 31, 2015
Last Verified: July 2015
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Pituitary Neoplasms
Growth Hormone-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma
ACTH-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma
Pituitary Diseases
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Hypothalamic Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Hypothalamic Neoplasms
Supratentorial Neoplasms
Brain Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Nervous System Neoplasms
Bone Diseases, Developmental
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Bone Diseases, Endocrine