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Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research 3/2019

31-10-2018

A pilot evaluation of the expanded prostate cancer index composite for clinical practice (EPIC-CP) tool in Ontario

Auteurs: M. D. Brundage, L. Barbera, F. McCallum, D. M. Howell

Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research | Uitgave 3/2019

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Abstract

Purpose

To introduce the EPIC-CP symptom screening tool in routine ambulatory cancer care, and to evaluate its acceptability and perceived usefulness from the perspective of patients and clinicians.

Methods

Eligible prostate cancer patients from four cancer centres were recruited (November 2014–June 2015) from radiation or surgical oncology clinics. A physician and/or health care professional reviewed the EPIC-CP results as part of the clinical encounter. Patient experience with the tool was evaluated using a nine-item Patient Exit Survey (PES). Clinician experience was evaluated through semi-structured qualitative interviews. Patient and clinician results were compared to identify common themes.

Results

A total of 333 patients were enrolled, of whom, 287 completed the PES. Most patients had one clinical encounter, although the number of EPIC-CP assessments ranged from 1 to 11 per patient, for a total of 937 EPIC-CP questionnaires completed. Item completion rates were high (91–100%), with items addressing sexual health among the lowest (91–92%). On the PES, most patients (70%) agreed with the item: “Completing this questionnaire helped me tell the clinicians about how I have been feeling”. Thematic analysis from clinician interviews revealed that the EPIC-CP captures essential prostate-specific effects that facilitated person-centred communication and customization of interventions. Targeted clinical education and patient resources were seen as necessary for uptake.

Conclusions

EPIC-CP was generally endorsed by clinicians and patients. The implementation of a disease-specific measure in place of a generic symptom screening tool has the potential to improve the quality of the clinical encounter and provide outcome measures for further health services research. Provincial implementation of this tool as a standard of care is recommended.
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Metagegevens
Titel
A pilot evaluation of the expanded prostate cancer index composite for clinical practice (EPIC-CP) tool in Ontario
Auteurs
M. D. Brundage
L. Barbera
F. McCallum
D. M. Howell
Publicatiedatum
31-10-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer International Publishing
Gepubliceerd in
Quality of Life Research / Uitgave 3/2019
Print ISSN: 0962-9343
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2649
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-018-2034-x

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