Clinical Trial of the Impact of Treatment Consultation Recordings on Cancer Patient Outcomes
Brain Tumor - Neuroendocrine Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Brain Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
Consultation Recording, Brain Tumor, Neuroendocrine Cancer, Quality of Life, Patient Satisfaction
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Name: Consultation Recording
Type: Other
Overall Status
The time period from diagnosis through to the end of treatment is challenging for patients. Patients need information, assistance with decision making, and emotional and social support to help cope with their diagnosis and treatment. The first meeting with the cancer doctor is especially anxiety-provoking for patients who will learn, for the first time, their treatment options and likelihood of being cured. This anxiety causes many patients to have difficulty remembering the important pieces of information that their cancer doctor tells them during this consultation. The main goal of this study is to demonstrate the benefits of giving cancer patients an audio-recording of their first consultation with their cancer doctor. The investigators will include newly diagnosed patients from cancer centres in Winnipeg and Calgary. The types of cancer that will be included in this study are brain and neuroendocrine. Patients with these types of cancer are more likely to have confused thinking, and therefore may have the most to gain from receiving their consultation recordings. The study will include 244 patients, and those who sign consent forms to participate will be assigned by chance to either receive their treatment consultation recording or not. Patients will receive their recording immediately after their consultation, and will be able to listen to the recording at any time either alone, or with family and friends. To figure out whether the consultation recording provides patients with benefits, the investigators will administer some questionnaires to patients at 1 week after the consultation, and again at 3 and 6 months after the consultation. These questionnaires will assess the following patient outcomes: i) anxiety and depression, ii) perception of being informed about the disease and treatment, iii) satisfaction with cancer care, iv) satisfaction with the doctor, and v) the extent to which patients are satisfied with their degree of involvement in treatment decision making. The investigators hypothesize that patients who receive their consultation recording will experience more benefits than patients who do not receive their consultation recording.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- presenting with a primary diagnosis of non-recurrent or metastatic brain, or neuroendocrine cancer

- 18 years of age or older

- able to read and communicate using the English language

- access to a computer to enable consultation playback

Exclusion Criteria:

- deemed by a treating clinician (or primary nurse for the treating clinician) to have any severe psychiatric condition or cognitive dysfunction that precludes provision of free and informed consent to participate
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Dean Ruether, MD -
British Columbia Cancer Agency
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Status: Not yet recruiting
Contact: Brian Thiessen, MD, FRCP - 604-877-6000 -
Cancer Care Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Thomas F Hack, PhD - 204-235-3791 -
Start Date
June 2013
Completion Date
December 2015
University of Manitoba
University of Manitoba
Record processing date processed this data on July 28, 2015 page