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Decision making processes and needs of breast cancer patients in aftercare; developing a decision aid


- candidate number16243
- NTR NumberNTR4413
- ISRCTNISRCTN no longer applicable
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR28-jan-2014
- Secondary IDs13-26-18/09-extern-6405 IRB (MAASTRO clinic)
- Public TitleDecision making processes and needs of breast cancer patients in aftercare; developing a decision aid
- Scientific TitleDecision making processes and needs of breast cancer patients in aftercare; developing a decision aid
- ACRONYM-
- hypothesisA decision aid is developed to help facilitate personalized aftercare for breast cancer survivors. Needs, preferences and decisional processes used by breast cancer patients must therefore be investigated. It is expected that breast cancer survivors use both rational and intuitive processes when deciding on an aftercare trajectory. It is expected that needs and preferences concerning the decision aid will vary from one person to the next.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedAftercare, Shared decision making, Decision aid, Breastcancer survivors
- Inclusion criteria1. Breast cancer survivor, adult woman (18+) 2. Primary treatment is finished 3. Still receiving immune therapy or hormone therapy
- Exclusion criteria1. Primary treatment has finished longer than 1 year ago 2. Still receiving primary treatment 3. having metastases 4. being a man
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialyes
- randomisedno
- group[default]
- TypeSingle arm
- Studytypeobservational
- planned startdate 17-dec-2013
- planned closingdate28-feb-2014
- Target number of participants24
- InterventionsNo interventions are used in this study
- Primary outcome1. Decisional processes used by breast cancer patients 2. Needs and preferences concerning the decision aid.
- Secondary outcomePreferences concerning shared decision making
- TimepointsAll participants are interviewed once
- Trial web site-
- statusopen: patient inclusion
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIES L. Klaassen
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIES C. Hoving
- Sponsor/Initiator Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+)
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
VGZ, CZ zorgverzekeringen
- Publications-
- Brief summaryINTRODUCTION To develop an efficient decision aid (DA) it is necessary to understand how patients reach their decisions so that the DA can facilitate these processes. Therefore, the aim of the study was to assess which decision processes are used by breast cancer patients when choosing an optimal aftercare trajectory. Additionally, needs and preferences concerning the design of a DA were investigated. METHOD Patients who have finished their treatment for breast cancer less than 1 year ago were asked to participate in one of 4 focus groups consisting of 4 to 6 participants. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to guide the discussion. All focus group data was coded by 2 independent researchers. RESULTS Needs concerning an aftercare DA were highly personal and varied from leaflets to digital aids. Breast cancer patients reported to use both medical information and intuition to make decisions regarding their aftercare. While rational processes were used to consider whether options were relevant, intuitive processes played a major role in forming a preference for one option over the others. All patients indicated they wanted to make these decisions together with their healthcare provider, but greatly valued autonomy and preferred to make the final decision themselves. CONCLUSIONS Both rational and intuitive processes seem to be important for patients in making a decision about their aftercare and should receive attention in the DA. Autonomy appeared to be important for patients as well. Therefore, a DA should allow patients to make an informed decision while maintaining their autonomy.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD28-jan-2014 - 5-apr-2014


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