Accession Number : ADA385333


Title :   Development and Evaluation of Computer-Based Versions of the Decision Board for Early Breast Cancer


Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Oct 1998-30 Sep 1999


Corporate Author : MCMASTER UNIV HAMILTON (ONTARIO)


Personal Author(s) : Whelan, Timothy J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a385333.pdf


Report Date : Oct 1999


Pagination or Media Count : 76


Abstract : The objectives of this study are to develop i) computer-based versions of the Decision Boards for (a) surgical treatment of breast cancer; (b) chemotherapy for node-negative breast cancer, and (c) chemotherapy for premenopausal node-positive breast cancer; and ii) to compare the relative effectiveness of the computer-based versions with standard Decision Boards for women with early breast cancer. In our first year, all three standard Decision Boards were updated based on a review of the literature. Focus groups were held with physicians and women with breast cancer to identify key characteristics of computer-based versions. A computer-based version of the surgery Decision Board was produced and is entering feasibility testing. Computer-based versions of the two chemotherapy Boards are currently being developed. Following feasibility testing, the instruments will be formally evaluated in a randomized trial.


Descriptors :   *MEDICAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS , *BREAST CANCER , RANDOM VARIABLES , NODES , FEASIBILITY STUDIES , COMPUTER AIDED DIAGNOSIS , SURGERY , CHEMOTHERAPY


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE