Evaluating an Interactive, Multimedia Education and Decision Program for Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Patients in a Randomized Controlled Trial
Annual rept. 15 Jan 2004-14 Jan 2007
MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE NEW YORK
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This 3-arm randomized controlled trial evaluates the efficacy of a CD-ROM based multimedia prostate cancer education system PIES. PIES is an educational software that provides patients with information about prostate cancer and its treatment through an intuitive interface, using video, animation, text, and voice-over text. All text is tailored to a persons information seeking preference. Participants N 312 are patients diagnosed with localized prostate cancer who will be randomized into three experimental conditions a Standard care, involving the provision of standard NCI print material about prostate cancer, Group 1 b PIES software without tailoring component, Group 2 c and PIES software with tailoring component, Group 3. Assessments will be taken prior to exploring the softwarebrochures, immediately after completing the softwarebrochure, and 6-weeks post baseline. The study design allows for the evaluation of the efficacy of the multimedia intervention against traditional care the influence of tailoring versus not tailoring information within a multimedia context and for an evaluation of the moderating effect of monitoring on the efficacy of the groups.
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