Treatment Decision Making in Early-Stage Prostate Cancer: Evaluation of Computer-Based Patient Education and an Interactive Decision Aid
Annual rept. 1 Feb 2002-31 Jan 2003
RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES WASHINGTON DC
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This study aims to examine a method of patient education for men who are seeking treatment for management of localized prostate cancer. The primary goal is to evaluate a recently developed computer-based educational tool CD-ROM that is designed to provide treatment-related information and to assist men in making an informed treatment decision. Men are accrued pre-biopsy for a baseline interview, and those who are diagnosed with localized cancer are randomized to receive a CD-ROM with a decision aid, or a CD-ROM with information only. To date, we have accessioned 97 patients. Of the 97, 36 were ineligible and 15 are pending either pending initial contact or biopsy result. Of the remaining 46, 28 either declined or were unreachable, 2 dropped out and 16 are active with a CD-ROM. This results in a 35 participation rate 1646. Because of the number of men who are ineligible, and who were unreachable prior to biopsy, we are seeking to expand the study to invite those already diagnosed with prostate cancer to consider participation. To that end, we aim to contact the Georgetown University Radiation Department and Georgetown University Medical Center Referral Center for accrual expansion.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Computer Programming and Software