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Research project: Feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent [CIn] radiotherapy to gather patient reported outcomes

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Funder Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation This project aims to test whether it is feasible to gather information from a large group of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent radiotherapy through patient completed questionnaires, repeated over time.

Project Overview

The aim of this study is to determine the feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent radiotherapy to gather patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) to inform improvements in care and support.

The study objectives are to:

1. Establish what rates of recruitment to the study are possible at a number of sites in the UK;

2. Establish rates of retention among patients recruited to the study;

3. Test feasibility and acceptability of the recruitment and data collection procedures;

4. Test feasibility and acceptability of the data collection materials;

5. Test proposed outcome measures;

This feasibility study will employ a prospective, longitudinal cohort design. There will be two methodological approaches: quantitative and qualitative. The quantitative approach will involve a longitudinal survey of a cohort of patients who undergo curative radiotherapy for lung cancer. Data, including socio-demographic background information and validated PROMs, will be collected directly from participants using questionnaire surveys. In addition, participants’ medical details will be gathered from their hospital medical records. The qualitative approach will comprise a process evaluation, exploring participants’ experiences of taking part in the study. Data will be collected through semi-structured interviews with study participants and clinicians at the study sites. Monitoring patient recruitment, patient retention and data collection quantitatively and qualitatively over time will allow a detailed assessment of the feasibility of establishing a national sample of lung cancer patients treated by radiotherapy with curative intent.

Project Team

Dr Lynn Calman

Dr Claire Foster

Prof Alison Richardson

Peter Smith (S3Ri)

Janis Baird (MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit)

 

 

 

Associated research themes

Cancer Survivorship

Consequences of treatment

Lung cancer

Related research groups

Complex Healthcare Processes

Staff

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