Feasibility, acceptability and findings from a pilot randomized controlled intervention study on the impact of a book designed to inform patients about cancer clinical trials

Patricia A. Carney, Erin K. Tucker, Timothy A. Newby, Tomasz M. Beer

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Abstract

This study was conducted to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and changes in knowledge among cancer patients assigned to receive a 160-page book on experimental cancer therapies and clinical trials. We enrolled 20 patients with cancer who had never participated in a clinical trial and randomly assigned them to receive the book either during week 1 or week 4 of the study. We collected baseline patient demographic and cancer-related information as well as knowledge about cancer clinical trials at week 0. Follow-up surveys were administered at weeks 3 and 6 for both study groups. Comparisons were made within and between groups randomized to receive the book early (at week 1) to those who received it later (at week 4). One hundred percent of data were captured in both groups at baseline, which decreased to 77.8 % by week 6. The vast majority of participants found the book moderately or very useful (89 % in the Early Group at week 3 and 95.5 % in the Late Group at week 6). Within group pairwise comparisons found significant difference between baseline and week 6 in content-specific knowledge scores among participants in the Late Group [79 % versus 92.1 %, p∈=∈0.01). Global knowledge scores increased significantly for variables reflecting knowledge that promotes decisions to participate in clinical trials. Providing published reading material to patients with cancer is both feasible and acceptable. Offering information to patients about cancer clinical trials, using a book designed for patients with cancer may influence knowledge related to decision to participate in clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-187
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Cancer clinical trials
  • Patient education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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