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RESTORE: an exploratory trial of an online intervention to enhance self-efficacy to manage problems associated with cancer-related fatigue following primary cancer treatment: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Grimmett, C, Armes, J, Breckons, M, Calman, L, Corner, J, Fenlon, D, Hulme, C, May, CM, May, CR, Ream, E, Richardson, A, Smith, PWF, Yardley, L and Foster, C (2013) RESTORE: an exploratory trial of an online intervention to enhance self-efficacy to manage problems associated with cancer-related fatigue following primary cancer treatment: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial TRIALS, 14, ARTN 1.

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Abstract

Background: There are over 25 million people worldwide living with or beyond cancer and this number is increasing. Cancer survivors face a range of problems following primary treatment. One of the most frequently reported and distressing symptoms experienced by cancer survivors is fatigue. There is growing support for survivors who are experiencing problems after cancer treatment to engage in supported self-management. To date there is some evidence of effective interventions to manage fatigue in this population; however, to our knowledge there are no online resources that draw on this information to support self-management of fatigue. This paper describes the protocol for an exploratory randomized controlled trial of an online intervention to support self-management of cancer-related fatigue after primary cancer treatment. Methods/design: This is a parallel-group two-armed (1:1) exploratory randomized controlled trial including 125 cancer survivors experiencing fatigue (scoring ≥4 on a unidimensional 11-point numeric rating scale for fatigue intensity) within five years of primary treatment completion with curative intent. Participants will be recruited from 13 NHS Trusts across the UK and randomized to either the online intervention (RESTORE), or a leaflet comparator (Macmillan Cancer Backup, Coping with Fatigue). The primary outcome is a change in Perceived Self-Efficacy for Fatigue Self-Management (as measured by the Perceived Self-Efficacy for Fatigue Self-Management Instrument). Secondary outcomes include impact on perception and experience of fatigue (measured by the Brief Fatigue Inventory), and quality of life (measured by the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - General and the Personal Wellbeing Index). Outcome measures will be collected at baseline, 6 weeks (completion of intervention), and 3 months. Process evaluation (including telephone interviews with recruiting staff and participants) will determine acceptability of the intervention and trial processes. Discussion: Data from this trial will be used to refine the intervention and contribute to the design of an effectiveness trial. This intervention will be expanded to address other cancer-related problems important to cancer survivors following primary cancer treatment.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Grimmett, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Armes, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Breckons, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Calman, LUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Corner, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fenlon, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hulme, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
May, CMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
May, CRUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ream, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Richardson, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Smith, PWFUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Yardley, LUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Foster, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 21 June 2013
Identification Number : 10.1186/1745-6215-14-184
Uncontrolled Keywords : Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Medicine, Research & Experimental, Research & Experimental Medicine, MEDICINE, RESEARCH & EXPERIMENTAL, Cancer survivors, Fatigue, Online, Self-efficacy, Self-management, BREAST-CANCER, DEPRESSION, SURVIVORS, SUPPORT, IMPLEMENTATION, METAANALYSIS, EXPLANATION, SEVERITY, PROGRAM, PEOPLE
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Additional Information : Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 29 Sep 2015 09:50
Last Modified : 29 Sep 2015 09:50
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808408

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