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A parallel-group, randomised controlled trial of a multimedia, self-directed, coping skills training intervention for patients with cancer and their partners: design and rationale

Lambert, Sylvie D., Girgis, Afaf, McElduff, Patrick, Turner, Jane, Levesque, Janelle V., Kayser, Karen, Mihalopoulos, Cathrine, Shih, Sophy T. F. and Barker, Daniel 2013, A parallel-group, randomised controlled trial of a multimedia, self-directed, coping skills training intervention for patients with cancer and their partners: design and rationale, BMJ Open, vol. 3, no. 7, e003337, pp. 1-12.

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Title A parallel-group, randomised controlled trial of a multimedia, self-directed, coping skills training intervention for patients with cancer and their partners: design and rationale
Author(s) Lambert, Sylvie D.
Girgis, Afaf
McElduff, Patrick
Turner, Jane
Levesque, Janelle V.
Kayser, Karen
Mihalopoulos, Cathrine
Shih, Sophy T. F.
Barker, Daniel
Journal name BMJ Open
Volume number 3
Issue number 7
Season e003337
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher B M J Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 2044-6055
Keyword(s) breast cancer
cancer diagnosis
anxiety
colorectal cancer
coping behavior
depression
distress syndrome
Summary Introduction:
Coping skills training interventions have been found to be efficacious in helping both patients and their partners manage the physical and emotional challenges they face following a cancer diagnosis. However, many of these interventions are costly and not sustainable. To overcome these issues, a self-directed format is increasingly used. The efficacy of self-directed interventions for patients has been supported; however, no study has reported on the outcomes for their partners. This study will test the efficacy of Coping-Together—a multimedia, self-directed, coping skills training intervention for patients with cancer and their partners.

Methods and analysis:
The proposed three-group, parallel, randomised controlled trial will recruit patients diagnosed in the past 4 months with breast, prostate, colorectal cancer or melanoma through their treating clinician. Patients and their partners will be randomised to (1) a minimal ethical care (MEC) condition—selected Cancer Council New South Wales booklets and a brochure for the Cancer Council Helpline, (2) Coping-Together generic—MEC materials, the six Coping-Together booklets and DVD, the Cancer Council Queensland relaxation audio CD and login to the Coping-Together website or (3) Coping-Together tailored—MEC materials, the Coping-Together DVD, the login to the website and only those Coping-Together booklet sections that pertain to their direct concerns. Anxiety (primary outcome), distress, depression, dyadic adjustment, quality of life, illness or caregiving appraisal, self-efficacy and dyadic and individual coping will be assessed before receiving the study material (ie, baseline) and again at 3, 6 and 12 months postbaseline. Intention-to-treat and per protocol analysis will be conducted.

Ethics and dissemination:
This study has been approved by the relevant local area health and University ethics committees. Study findings will be disseminated not only through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations but also through educational outreach visits, publication of lay research summaries in consumer newsletters and publications targeting clinicians.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920209 Mental Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, B M J Group
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