Title

Evaluation of a telehealth psychological support intervention for people with primary brain tumour and their family members: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Wiley

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

Funders

National Health and Medical Research Council

Cancer Council Queensland

Grant Number

NHMRC Number : GNT1152217

Comments

Originally published as: Ownsworth, T., Chambers, S., Aitken, J. F., Foote, M., Pinkham, M. B., Gordon, L. G., ...Robertson, J. (2019). Evaluation of a telehealth psychological support intervention for people with primary brain tumour and their family members: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. European Journal of Cancer Care, 28(4).

Original article available here.

Abstract

Objective

There is a lack of research on interventions that address the specific psychosocial needs of people with brain tumour and their families. This paper describes the protocol for a pragmatic randomised control trial (RCT) evaluating the clinical efficacy and cost‐effectiveness of the Making Sense of Brain Tumour program delivered via telehealth (Tele‐MAST) relative to standard care.

Methods

The 148 adults with primary brain tumour will be randomly allocated to the 10‐session Tele‐MAST videoconferencing program or standard care from a cancer counselling service. The primary outcome is level of depression and secondary outcomes are quality of life, mental health and incremental cost per quality‐adjusted life year. The mental health and quality of life of family members will also be assessed. Assessments will be conducted at pre‐intervention, post‐intervention (primary endpoint), 6‐weeks post‐intervention and 6‐months post‐intervention. The main analysis will determine whether the Tele‐MAST intervention is more effective than standard care at post‐intervention, and whether these effects are sustained at follow‐up.

Conclusion

Results will indicate whether the Tele‐MAST program is associated with better clinical outcomes and is more cost‐effective than existing cancer support services. Such outcomes will contribute to effective and accessible psychosocial care for the brain tumour population.

DOI

10.1111/ecc.13132

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