The GP's Role in Cancer Rehabilitation: a Randomised, Controlled Study.
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Condition||hrqol (health related quality of life)|
|Treatment||two step intervention including patient interview followed by an extended information routine to the patients' gp about the patients' rehabilitation needs|
|Sponsor||University of Southern Denmark|
|Start date||May 2008|
|End date||August 2010|
|Trial size||959 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT01021371, RCT Cancer rehab|
The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of a joint effort towards intensifying the collaboration and communication between hospital and general practice.
|Intervention model||parallel assignment|
|Masking||single blind (subject)|
|Primary purpose||health services research|
Health Related Quality of Life
time frame: 14 months
How the GP act with regard to rehabilitation among cancer patients
time frame: 14 months
Male or female participants at least 18 years old.
Inclusion Criteria: - All new cancer patients receiving treatment, be it surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, at Vejle Hospital in the period of inclusion. Exclusion Criteria: - Patients diagnosed more than 3 months earlier - Patients younger than 18 - Patients with non-melanoma skin cancer. - Patients with recurrence of a previous cancer
|Official title||The GP's Role in Cancer Rehabilitation: a Randomised, Controlled Study.|
|Description||Background In recent years an increasing focus has been on the unfulfilled needs of cancer patients for an individual rehabilitation taking into consideration the physical, psychological, social, economic, as well as work-related consequences of the cancer disease. Furthermore, there is a great need for ongoing adjustments of the organisation and procurement of rehabilitation offers and for optimizing the continuity of care, especially regarding transfer between sectors. Research question The aim of this study is to investigate whether a joint effort towards intensifying the collaboration and communication between hospital and general practice and encouraging the GP to take an active and prominent part in the rehabilitation process on actual patients has any effect on: 1. Health Related Quality of Life 2. The rehabilitation of cancer patients 3. The experience of continuity of care among cancer patients 4. How the GP act with regard to rehabilitation among cancer patients Material and methods The study uses a randomised, controlled design and is carried out as a PhD project. At Vejle Hospital approximately 1000 patients (500 in the intervention group and 500 in the control group) was included at the initiation of treatment. The intervention consists of an extended information routine from hospital to GP based on individual interviews with the patients in the intervention group and a specific encouragement of the patients' GP to play a proactive role in the patients' rehabilitation course. The individual needs concerning the different types of consequences of the disease and following rehabilitation needs will be brought into focus. The data will be obtained from public health registers and questionnaires to patients 6 and 14 months after the time of diagnosis (measuring Health Related Quality of Life, satisfaction with and use of rehabilitation activities, perceived continuity of care and satisfaction with their GP) and to GPs after 12 months (measuring satisfaction with the information from the hospital and activities to meet the patients' rehabilitation needs).|
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