Effects of Telephone Consultations on Discharged Liver Cancer
Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Conditions: official terms
Carcinoma, Hepatocellular
Conditions: Keywords
hepatocellular carcinoma, Needs, Telephone consultation
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Name: telephone consultations about psychoeducation program
Type: Behavioral
Overall Status
The aims of this three-year study are to:

1. From patients and family perspective to explore the needs for home care after receiving TACE, PEI, and RFA

2. Develop a telephone follow-up and consultation program and examine its effect on self-efficacy, anxiety, depression and quality of life in liver cancer patients receiving non-surgical treatment.
Detailed Description
In the first year, a longitudinal mixed method with quantitative and qualitative method will be used. The Distress Management Tool, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and the Short Form-12 quality of life will be used to assess patients' care needs, anxiety, depression, and quality of life in the quantitative method. Data will be analyzed by descriptive, Pearson's Correlation, and Stepwise Regression for each time point. Tape-recorded and in-depth interviews with semi-structured interview guidelines will be used in qualitative method to interview the cancer patients who are scheduled to be discharged after treatment. Content analysis will be used to analyze the interview content.

In the second and third year, randomized control trial will be used to recruit eligible subjects from inpatients in oncology wards in one medical center in Taipei. The eligible subjects will be randomized into a control or experimental group. The patients in the control group will receive usual care and those in the experimental group will receive seven instances of telephone follow-up or face-to-face education (the day before discharge and during the first, second, third, fourth, sixth, and eighth weeks after discharge).Data will be analyzed by independent t-test, one-way analysis of variance, and generalized estimating equations.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients with liver cancer in non-surgical treatment

- Aged above 18

- Those who are wiling to participate in the research

Exclusion Criteria:

- None
National Taiwan University Hospital
Taipei, Taiwan
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Shiow-Ching Shun, Ph.D - 886-2-2312-3456 - scshun@ntu.edu.tw
Start Date
October 2009
Completion Date
February 2013
National Taiwan University Hospital
National Taiwan University Hospital
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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