Questionnaire Study to Assess Quality of Life After Treatment of Fibroids
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Treatments||hysterectomy, myomectomy, uterine fibroid embolization|
|Sponsor||U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command|
|Collaborator||Walter Reed Army Medical Center|
|Start date||December 2005|
|End date||December 2010|
|Trial size||400 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT00390494, 04-44020, A-12818.2a|
The purpose of this study is to determine the change in symptoms and health-related quality of life in patients undergoing treatment for fibroids. Results from the questionnaire will be compared with results obtained from patients who do not have fibroids in order to determine a score range that differentiates these two groups.
|United States||No locations recruiting|
|Other countries||No locations recruiting|
|Washington, DC||Walter Reed Army Medical Center||no longer recruiting|
|Washington, DC||Georgetown University Hospital||no longer recruiting|
|Cleveland, OH||The Cleveland Clinic Foundation||no longer recruiting|
|Pittsburgh, PA||Magee-Womens Hospital||no longer recruiting|
Female participants from 35 years up to 50 years old.
Inclusion Criteria: Fibroid Treatment Group - Pre-menopausal - Between the ages of 35 and 50, inclusive - Scheduled to undergo hysterectomy, myomectomy, or uterine fibroid embolization for treatment of uterine fibroids at one of the participating institutions - Willing to provide written informed consent - Able to speak and read English Inclusion Criteria: Normal Control Group (patients not diagnosed with fibroids) - Pre-menopausal - Between the ages of 35 and 50, inclusive - Normal gynecologic examination at time of enrollment with regular menstrual cycle at the time of enrollment - Willing to provide written informed consent - Able to read and speak English Exclusion Criteria: Fibroid Treatment Group - Currently pregnant - Cognitive impairment that would interfere with completing the questionnaire - Severe psychiatric co-morbidity - Co-morbid or life-threatening condition with life expectancy to be less than 1 year - Active duty military healthcare beneficiary Exclusion Criteria: Normal Control Group - Currently pregnant - Presence of other gynecologic-related diseases (e.g. endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease) - Cognitive impairment that would interfere with completing the questionnaire - Severe psychiatric co-morbidity - Co-morbid or life-threatening condition with life expectancy to be less than 1 year - Active duty military healthcare beneficiary
|Official title||Outcome From Fibroid Therapies: A Comparison With Normal Controls|
|Principal investigator||LTC G. Larry Maxwell, MD|
|Description||Uterine fibroids are the most common benign uterine tumor affecting approximately 70% of all women in the United States. Sixty percent of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the United States annually are done because of uterine fibroids. Hysterectomy has been the definitive treatment for fibroids and has been demonstrated to be effective in controlling symptoms. However, there have been few studies comparing the outcome of hysterectomy to other surgical and non-surgical therapies or to the outcomes experienced by a "normal" population, i.e. those not diagnosed with fibroids. Similarly, the relative effectiveness of myomectomy and uterine fibroid embolization has not been evaluated in the context of other fibroid therapies and minimally invasive variations. Fibroid symptoms experienced by patients are subjective and have not been shown to correlate with fibroid number, size, location, or any other clinical measure of fibroids. As symptoms and their impact are the primary outcomes experienced by patients, a validated questionnaire to measure this impact is needed. The Uterine Fibroid Symptom and Quality of Life Questionnaire (UFS-QoL) was developed from focus groups of women with leiomyomata. The original items captured key symptoms and areas of life impact voiced by the focus group participants. Content validity was established through cognitive debriefings of women with leiomyomata and review by expert clinicians. The UFS-QoL was then validated in a patient population of women with leiomyomata as well as "normal" controls. Using the UFS-Qol as the primary measure, this study will provide the basis of comparison for women with uterine fibroids both before and after therapy. "Normal" scores will be established from patients without fibroids. These data will provide the basis for comparing these outcomes to those resulting from a variety of investigational therapies. It will also provide insight into the progression of fibroid-related symptoms in patients established as normal at baseline. The objectives of this study are: A. To determine the change in symptoms and health-related quality of life in patients undergoing hysterectomy, myomectomy, and uterine fibroid embolization. B. To compare the outcomes of each intervention with a normal control group as well as with the other therapies. C. To validate the UFS-QoL questionnaire in a normal population to determine a normal score range. D. To validate the UFS-QoL questionnaire in hysterectomy patients to determine a "normal" score for patients without a uterus.|
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