This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition prostate cancer
Treatment behavioral: psychosexual intervention
Phase phase 1
Sponsor University of Stirling
Collaborator Prostate Cancer UK
Start date October 2012
End date February 2015
Trial size 136 participants
Trial identifier NCT01842438, 03979


Even with careful prostate surgery, men find it difficult to have an erection. Our previous research shows that couples are not often supported to cope with the effects of surgery on their sexual relationships. In this study, the investigators will design a way of supporting couples, and test how well it works.

The investigators will decide what the support should include (e.g. duration, frequency and timing of the support). The investigators will do this by looking at available literature on the subject.

The investigators will recruit 68 couples to the study, half will receive standard care and the other half will be invited to attend six sessions of psychosexual support with specially trained professionals (trained by men affected by prostate conditions and a cancer/couple support specialist). Before and after the support, men and their partners will be asked to complete questionnaires which measure quality-of-life, emotional needs, and their relationship. The investigators will ask the couples to fill out the questionnaires again six-months later to see if the support has long-term benefits. At the end of the study the investigators will also interview 10 couples to find out their views of the support, and another 10 couples about standard treatment.

When the investigators have tested this support, they expect to see men and their partners tell us that their quality of life has improved, and they have higher satisfaction with their relationship. The investigators will calculate the overall cost of providing this support, and the benefits it has on reducing the need for other health-care services (like GP use).

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose supportive care
6-sessions of couple support focused on relationships and psychosexual functioning
behavioral: psychosexual intervention
(No Intervention)
This group will not receive the intervention during the life-span of the project

Primary Outcomes

EPIC (Expanded Prostate cancer Index Composite)
time frame: 6months

Secondary Outcomes

HADS (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale)
time frame: 6months
SCORE15 (systemic core outcome measure)
time frame: 6months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants of any age.

Inclusion Criteria: - Score of ≤60 on EPIC (a signal of potency) - >11 weeks post-operative for PCa (to recruit people who have recovered from the immediate effects from surgery and begun to regain some functioning. Follow-ups are held at 6weeks, 12weeks, 6months from surgery, until no further follow-up is required). - Has a partner Exclusion Criteria: - Does not have a partner (this is a couple intervention, the study can therefore only include men with a partner). - Prognosis of ≤1year (Most men who have had recent surgery will have a good prognosis, consequently it is unlikely that many men will be excluded by this criteria.) - Unable to provide informed consent. - Residing in Dumfries and Galloway. The recruiting clinic sees patients from a wide catchment area. However to prevent excess burden on participants traveling to the intervention site in Edinburgh, the investigators will exclude those living in Dumfries and Galloway. - >2 years from surgery (since long term adaptation will have commenced). - Unable to communicate in English (this is a feasibility trial, if the study moves to a full scale trial in future then it will seek to include couples and interpreters/translators).

Additional Information

Official title Psychosexual Support Following Prostate Cancer Surgery: Feasibility and Outcomes of a Couple-based Intervention
Principal investigator Liz Forbat, PhD
Description Scientific abstract Evidence shows significant unmet psychosexual needs for couples affected by prostate cancer. Studies have identified the contribution that psychosocial interventions could have for couples, e.g. strengthening healthy adaptation and better communication, developing coping skills for distressed couples, and facilitating healthy spousal communication to address the sexual rehabilitation needs. This is a feasibility study with a built-in pilot, which will examine the acceptability, feasibility and outcomes of a psychosexual intervention to support couples, drawing on the MRC complex intervention framework. The intervention will be developed from the extant and our pilot work. Men in outpatient surgical follow-up clinics will be screened using EPIC, and recruited if scoring under the clinical threshold for potency. 68 couples will be randomised to two arms, one receiving six sessions of couple-support from specially trained counsellors and the others receiving standard care. The primary outcome measure is health-related quality-of-life. Pre, post and 6-month follow-up outcomes will be measured in both individual (quality of life; anxiety/depression) and in relational terms (relationship between couples). An economic analysis will identify population costs.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in December 2014.
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