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dc.contributor.authorRobertson, Janeen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMolloy, Gerarden_UK
dc.contributor.authorBollina, Prasad Ren_UK
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Danielen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMcNeill, S Alanen_UK
dc.contributor.authorForbat, Lizen_UK
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-04T23:12:25Z-
dc.date.available2015-08-04T23:12:25Z-
dc.date.issued2014-05en_UK
dc.identifier.other183en_UK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/20436-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Men who undergo surgery for prostate cancer frequently experience significant side-effects including urinary and sexual dysfunction. These difficulties can lead to anxiety, depression and reduced quality of life. Many partners also experience psychological distress. An additional impact can be on the couple relationship, with changes to intimacy, and unmet psychosexual supportive needs in relation to sexual recovery and rehabilitation. The aim of this exploratory randomised controlled trial pilot study is to determine the feasibility and acceptability of a novel family-relational-psychosexual intervention to support intimacy and reduce distress among couples following prostate cancer surgery and to estimate the efficacy of this intervention. Methods/Design: The intervention will comprise six sessions of psychosexual and relationship support delivered by experienced couple-support practitioners. Specialist training in delivering the intervention will be provided to practitioners and they will be guided by a detailed treatment manual based on systemic principles. Sixty-eight couples will be randomised to receive either the intervention or standard care (comprising usual follow-up hospital appointments). A pre-test, post-test design will be used to test the feasibility of the intervention (baseline, end of intervention and six-month follow-up) and its acceptability to couples and healthcare professionals (qualitative interviews). Both individual and relational outcome measures will assess sexual functioning, anxiety and depression, couple relationship, use of health services and erectile dysfunction medication/technologies. An economic analysis will estimate population costs of the intervention, compared to usual care, using simple modelling to evaluate the affordability of the intervention. Discussion: Given the increasing incidence and survival of post-operative men with prostate cancer, it is timely and appropriate to determine the feasibility of a definitive trial through a pilot randomised controlled trial of a family-relational-psychosexual intervention for couples. The study will provide evidence about the components of a couple-based intervention, its acceptability to patients and healthcare professionals, and its influence on sexual and relational functioning. Data from this study will be used to calculate sample sizes required for any definitive trial. Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01842438. Registration date: 24 April 2013; Randomisation of first patient: 13 May 2013en_UK
dc.language.isoenen_UK
dc.publisherBioMed Centralen_UK
dc.relationRobertson J, Molloy G, Bollina PR, Kelly D, McNeill SA & Forbat L (2014) Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of couple-based psychosexual support following prostate cancer surgery: Study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial. Trials, 15, Art. No.: 183. https://doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-15-183en_UK
dc.rights© 2014 Robertson et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.en_UK
dc.subjectAdjustmenten_UK
dc.subjectCommunicationen_UK
dc.subjectCounsellingen_UK
dc.subjectCoupleen_UK
dc.subjectFunctioningen_UK
dc.subjectInterventionen_UK
dc.subjectProstate canceren_UK
dc.subjectPsychologicalen_UK
dc.subjectQuality of lifeen_UK
dc.subjectRelationshipen_UK
dc.subjectSexualen_UK
dc.titleExploring the feasibility and acceptability of couple-based psychosexual support following prostate cancer surgery: Study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trialen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1745-6215-15-183en_UK
dc.citation.jtitleTrialsen_UK
dc.citation.issn1745-6215en_UK
dc.citation.volume15en_UK
dc.citation.publicationstatusPublisheden_UK
dc.citation.peerreviewedRefereeden_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderProstate Actionen_UK
dc.author.emailelizabeth.forbat1@stir.ac.uken_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCancer Care Research Centre - LEGACYen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationPsychologyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationWestern General Hospitalen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCardiff Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationWestern General Hospitalen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCancer Care Research Centre - LEGACYen_UK
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000336807800001en_UK
dc.identifier.scopusid2-s2.0-84900979318en_UK
dc.identifier.wtid627416en_UK
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0001-5973-957Xen_UK
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-7218-5775en_UK
dc.date.accepted2014-05-24en_UK
dc.description.refREF Compliant by Deposit in Stirling's Repositoryen_UK
dc.date.filedepositdate2014-06-05en_UK
dc.relation.funderprojectPsychosexual Support Following Prostate Cancer Surgery: Feasibility and Outcomes of a Couple-Based Interventionen_UK
dc.relation.funderref0en_UK
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