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A study using a questionnaire to improve the quality of life of people with lung cancer - QTIP
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is looking at using a questionnaire to see if it can improve the
People living with lung cancer may have symptoms such as pain and breathlessness, which can affect every part of their life. And this can reduce their quality of life.
The doctor usually finds out about symptoms by talking to people at their clinic appointment. Because clinics can be busy, there may not be enough time for the doctor to uncover the full range of problems people have.
We know from research that using a quality of life questionnaire may be better at drawing the attention of doctors to these problems.
The aims of this study are to find out whether using a quality of life questionnaire can
- Improve quality of life for people with lung cancer
- Reduce the need for people with lung cancer to use other health services between clinic appointments
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this trial if you attend The Royal Marsden Hospital and have lung cancer.
You cannot enter this trial if you
- Are having treatment
- Are planned to have treatment in the next 6 weeks
- Are taking part in any other study where you fill in a quality of life questionnaire, need to have extra visits to the hospital or need extra tests to be done
- Are still having severe side effects from treatment
This study will recruit 138 people who attend The Royal Marsden Hospital.
The researchers will ask you to fill in a quality of life questionnaire. It will ask how you are, what you are able to do and about any symptoms you may have,
This is a randomised trial. You will be put into 1 of 3 groups by a computer.
If you are in group 1, you fill in the questionnaire in the waiting room before seeing the doctor. You then see the doctor as usual. The doctor will be able to use the information from the questionnaire to discuss any concerns you have.
If you are in group 2, you fill in the questionnaire in the same way as group 1. You see the doctor as usual, but they will not see the information on the questionnaire.
If you are in group 3, you will not fill in the questionnaire. You will see your doctor as usual.
Everyone will take home a diary to record every time they contact a health professional such as a doctor, a nurse, a physiotherapist, a dietician, an occupational therapist or a social worker. You do this for 6 weeks.
After 6 weeks at your next appointment, you return the diary. At this time everyone will fill in the questionnaire..
After this you continue to see your doctor as usual.
There are no extra hospital visits if you take part in this study.
There are no side effects if you take part in this study.
How to join a clinical trial
Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.
Dr Mary O’Brien
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust