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Quality of life and follow-up care for men with prostate cancer: a questionnaire survey and pilot randomised controlled trial of a nurse-led psycho-educational intervention delivered in primary care.

Time scale 2012-2015
Funder Prostate Cancer UK
PI Professor Eila Watson, Professor in Supportive Cancer Care, Oxford Brookes University
In collaboration with Oxford Brookes University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, University of Edinburgh, Bangor University, University of Surrey
Further information Jane Wolstenholme and Richéal Burns

Research Objective:

New follow-up models are required to cope with increasing numbers of prostate cancer survivors, and to better meet their needs.  PROSPECTIV sought to assess the feasibility, effectiveness and health economic benefits and costs of a nurse-led, psychoeducational intervention (NLPI) for prostate cancer patients.

Research Findings: Compared to usual care alone, the NLPI has a positive effect on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and may be cost-effective and potentially cost-saving depending on the scale of delivery and duration of follow-up recorded. A larger scale study is warranted and would aid in understanding the variation in cost-effectiveness results evidenced.

Research Outputs:

Health economic analysis presented at PHE Cancer Data and Outcomes Conference, Manchester June 2016


Watson E, Rose P, Frith E, Hamdy F, Neal D, Kastner C, Russell S, Walter FM, Faithfull S, Wolstenholme J, Perera R, Weller D, Campbell C, Wilkinson C, Neal R, sooriakumaran P, Butcher H, Matthews M.  PROSPECTIV – a pilot trial of a nurse-led psychoeducational intervention delivered in primary care to prostate cancer survivors: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.  BMJ Open 2014; 4:5 e005186 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005186

Watson, E., Shinkins, B., Frith, E., Neal, D., Hamdy, F., Walter, F., Weller, D., Wilkinson, C., Faithfull, S., Wolstenholme, J., Sooriakumaran, P., Kastner, C., Campbell, C., Neal, R., Butcher, H., Matthews, M., Perera, R. and Rose, P. Symptoms, unmet needs, psychological well-being and health status in survivors of prostate cancer: implications for redesigning follow-up.  BJU International 2015. doi: 10.1111/bju.13122