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A feasibility study of the Mini-AFTER telephone intervention for the management of fear of recurrence in breast cancer survivors: a mixed-methods study protocol

Cruickshank, Susanne, Steel, Emma, Fenlon, Deborah, Armes, Jo, Scanlon, Karen, Banks, Elspeth and Humphris, Gerald (2017) A feasibility study of the Mini-AFTER telephone intervention for the management of fear of recurrence in breast cancer survivors: a mixed-methods study protocol Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4 (22).

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Abstract

Background Fear of recurrence (FoR) is a major concern for patients following treatment for primary breast cancer, affecting 60–99% of breast cancer survivors. Mini-AFTER is a brief intervention developed to address this fear, that breast care nurses are ideally placed to deliver. However, their interest in delivering such an intervention is unknown and crucial to its introduction. This study aims to assess the perceived feasibility of the Mini-AFTER telephone intervention for implementation by breast care nurses to manage moderate levels of fear of recurrence among breast cancer survivors.

Methods A sequential explanatory mixed-methods design will be used, informed by normalisation process theory (NPT). The design will be guided by the stages of NPT. Specifically, understanding and evaluating the process (implementation) that would enable an intervention, such as the Mini-AFTER, not only to be operationalised and normalised into everyday work (embedded) but also sustained in practice (integration). Phase 1: all members on the UK Breast Cancer Care Nursing Network database (n = 905) will be emailed a link to a web-based survey, designed to investigate how breast cancer survivors’ FoR is identified and managed within current services and their willingness to deliver the Mini-AFTER. Phase 2: a purposive sample of respondents (n = 20) will be interviewed to build upon the responses in phase 1 and explore breast care nurses’ individual views on the importance of addressing fear of recurrence in their clinical consultations, interest in the Mini-AFTER intervention, the content, skills required and challenges to deliver the intervention.

Discussion This study will provide information about the willingness of breast care nurses (BCNs) to provide a structured intervention to manage fear of recurrence. It will identify barriers and facilitators for effective delivery and inform the future design of a larger trial of the Mini-AFTER intervention.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Cruickshank, Susanne
Steel, Emma
Fenlon, Deborah
Armes, Jojo.armes@surrey.ac.uk
Scanlon, Karen
Banks, Elspeth
Humphris, Gerald
Date : 20 July 2017
Identification Number : 10.1186/s40814-017-0161-8
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s). 2017 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Fear of cancer recurrence; Breast cancer; Breast care nurses; Mixed methods; Intervention
Additional Information : The Erratum to this article has been published in Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2017 3:48. Link: https://pilotfeasibilitystudies.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40814-017-0183-2#Sec1
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 30 Oct 2017 10:01
Last Modified : 15 Mar 2018 08:28
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/844675

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