A randomized controlled trial of a self-management psychosocial intervention for men with prostate cancer and their partners: a study protocol.

Eilis McCaughan, Gillian Prue, Oonagh McSorley, Laurel Northouse, Ann Schafenacker, Kader Parahoo

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BackgroundLittle is known about interventions to help men and their partners cope with the after effects of prostate cancer treatment. The lack of in-depth descriptions of the intervention content is hindering the identification of which intervention (or component of an intervention) works.AimTo describe the development and evaluation of the content of a self-management psychosocial intervention for men with prostate cancer and their partners.DesignA feasibility randomized controlled trial including structure, process, and outcome analysis.MethodsThis 9-week intervention commences on completion of treatment and consists of three group and two telephone sessions. The intervention focuses on symptom management, sexual dysfunction, uncertainty management, positive thinking and couple communication. Forty-eight couples will be assigned to either the intervention or a control group receiving usual care. Participants will be assessed at baseline, immediately postintervention and at 1 and 6 months postintervention. Outcome measures for patients and caregivers include self-efficacy, quality of life, symptom distress, uncertainty, benefits of illness, health behaviour, and measures of couple communication and support. An additional caregiver assessment will be completed by the partner.DiscussionThe main purpose of this feasibility study is to investigate the acceptability of the CONNECT programme to men with prostate cancer and their partners and to gain feedback from the participants and facilitators to make changes to and enhance the programme. Reasons why men do not want to participate will be collated to enhance recruitment in the future. We will also test recruitment strategies, randomization procedures, and the acceptability of the questionnaires. Ethical approval granted December 2010.
LanguageEnglish
Pages2572-2583
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume69
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013

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Prostatic Neoplasms
Randomized Controlled Trials
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Uncertainty
Communication
Illness Behavior
Health Behavior
Feasibility Studies
Self Efficacy
Random Allocation
Telephone
Quality of Life
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Control Groups
Therapeutics

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