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Title: e-TC: Development and pilot testing of a web-based intervention to reduce anxiety and depression in survivors of testicular cancer.
Authors: Wootten, Addie
Other Authors: Heiniger, Louise
Smith, Amanda
Olver, Ian
Grimison, Peter
Klein, Britt
Abbott, Jo-Ann
Price, Melanie
McJannett, Margaret
Tran, Ben
Stockler, Martin
Gurney, Howard
Butow, Phyllis
Keywords: Testicular Cancer
Cancer Recurrence
Online Intervention
Psychosocial Concerns
Evidence-Based Information
Psychological Intervention
Feasability of Programme
Participants Satisfaction
Programme Barriers
Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: May-2017
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2017 May 22
Abstract: e-TC is an online intervention designed to address common psychosocial concerns of testicular cancer survivors. It aims to reduce anxiety, depression and fear of cancer recurrence by providing evidence-based information and psychological intervention. This paper details the development and pilot testing of e-TC. During pilot testing, 25 men (with varying psychological profiles) who had completed treatment for testicular cancer, 6 months to 5 years ago (which had not recurred), used e-TC over a 10-week period and provided quantitative and qualitative feedback on the feasibility and acceptability of the programme. Six men also completed a qualitative interview to provide detailed feedback on their experiences using e-TC. Fourteen men (56%) completed at least 80% of the programme. Participants reported a high level of satisfaction with the programme. Men's limited time was a barrier to programme use and completion, and participants suggested that men with a more recent diagnosis and a higher level of distress may be more likely to engage with the programme. e-TC appears to be a feasible and acceptable online intervention for survivors of testicular cancer. Findings from this study are currently being used to refine e-TC and guide the design of a larger efficacy study.
DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12698
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ISSN: 1365-2354
Journal Title: European Journal of Cancer Care
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG), The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
The Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate (ANZUP) Cancer Trials Group, Camperdown, NSW, Australia.
Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED), School of Psychology, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT), The Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research & University of New South Wales, Liverpool, NSW, Australia.
Cancer Council Australia, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Sansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Centre for Biopsychosocial and eHealth Research and Innovation, Federation University, Ballarat, Vic., Australia.
National Institute for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
Department of Urology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Vic., Australia.
Department of Medical Oncology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Vic., Australia.
Faculty of Health, Arts & Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Vic., Australia.
Concord Hospital, Concord, NSW, Australia.
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Department of Medical Oncology, Westmead Hospital, Westmead, NSW, Australia.
Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead Hospital, Westmead, NSW, Australia.
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Review
Appears in Collections:Cancer Services
Mental Health

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