Prospective evaluation of patient satisfaction after the use of brachytherapy specific educational materials for cervical cancer.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:Cervical cancer patients are faced with an enormous amount of medical information in a complex oncology field with sophisticated treatments including brachytherapy. We investigated the use of enhanced vs. standard brachytherapy-specific educational materials on patient-reported satisfaction during the informed consent process for intracavitary high-dose-rate brachytherapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS:A single-institution, prospective, randomized trial was performed to study patient-reported satisfaction with novel educational materials for high-dose-rate brachytherapy in women undergoing definitive radiation for cervical cancer. RESULTS:Fourteen women receiving informed consent with a customized educational booklet were randomized between no further intervention and take-home educational materials. The weighted average for 10 of 11 survey questions was higher in the intervention arm but ranged between 4 (agree) and 5 (strongly agree) for all questions in both arms. The mean weighted patient satisfaction scores ± standard deviations in the control arm and the intervention arms were 54.3 ± 6.4 and 57.5 ± 2.7, respectively (p = 0.26). CONCLUSIONS:Knowledge acquisition is presumed to be part of the coping process for women facing increased stress during a cancer diagnosis. A brachytherapy-specific, visual, patient-educational booklet and take-home materials used to supplement the informed consent process for high-dose-rate brachytherapy resulted in high levels of patient-reported satisfaction among women treated with cervical cancer.

journal_name

Brachytherapy

journal_title

Brachytherapy

authors

Rash D,Hess C,Lentz S,Tait L,Michaud A,Mayadev J

doi

10.1016/j.brachy.2015.09.007

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2016-01-01 00:00:00

pages

65-70

issue

1

eissn

1538-4721

issn

1873-1449

pii

S1538-4721(15)00558-9

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15

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