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RATIONALE: Participating in a therapy program may enhance communication and intimacy between men with prostate cancer and their partners.
- To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of conducting a randomized clinical trial evaluating communication and intimacy-enhancing intervention (CI) vs usual care (UC).
- To collect descriptive information and basic psychometrics on proposed study measures.
- To gather preliminary data regarding the impact of CI on couples' psychosocial adaptation, relationship closeness, and sexual intimacy in order to calculate power for a larger full scale trial.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients and their partners are randomized to 1 of 2 intervention arms.
- Arm I: Patients and their partners receive communication and intimacy-enhancing intervention (CI) once a week comprising the following five 90-minute sessions: Rationale and Overview; Basic Communication; Intimacy and Sexuality; Improving Intimacy; and Reflecting on Changes and Cancer Survivorship.
- Arm II: Patients and their partners receive standard psychological and emotional care (usual care [UC]) (i.e., social work consultations and referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist, if requested or deemed necessary by the attending physician).
Physical impairment, psychological adjustment, relationship closeness, relationship communication, sexual function and satisfaction, male self-esteem, relationship satisfaction, intervention evaluation, and erectile dysfunction treatment utilization, and referral are assessed at 1 week post-intervention or at 6-8 weeks post baseline and then at 3 months (for patients and their partners in arm I) and at 8 weeks post-baseline and then at 3 months (for patients and their partners in arm II).
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 50 patients and 50 partners will be accrued for this study.
communication intervention, counseling intervention, questionnaire administration, psychosocial assessment and care
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:37:16-0400
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