"He went through six operations and was placed on a clinical trial so he could try new treatments.”
A study looking at a service to help people with a brain tumour prepare for discussions with their doctor
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is looking at a way of helping patients discuss their concerns with their doctor. It is for people who have just had brain tumour surgery.
After surgery, you have an appointment (a consultation) with your specialist to discuss the results of surgery and plans for any further treatment.
We know from research that in certain situations, people can find it helpful to plan in advance for this type of consultation. In this study, the researchers want to see if it would help people who have a brain tumour.
If you agree to take part, you will see a ‘Patient Information Navigator’. This is someone who can discuss your concerns with you. They can help you to think about what you want to know and prepare questions that you can ask your doctor.
The aims of the study are to find out if preparing for a consultation in this way helps people to
- Feel more involved in decision making
- Have a better understanding of the information their doctor gives them
The researchers also want to see if people find it helpful to have a summary of their consultation.
Who can enter
You may be asked to join this study if you
- Have just had brain tumour surgery
- Are at least 18 years old and speak English
The study will recruit about 25 people in Edinburgh. After surgery, you see a member of the team called a Patient Information Navigator before your next consultation with your specialist. They help you to prepare a list of questions that you want to ask.
With your permission, your Navigator will go to the consultation with you. They will note down the answers to your questions, as well as any other important information the doctor gives you. They will put this into a written summary which they give to you after the consultation. They also put a copy of the summary in your medical notes and ask your permission to send a copy to your GP.
The Navigator will ask your permission to make an audio recording of the consultation which they will give to you.
Your Navigator will be able to help with planning and summarising 2 more consultations over the next few months. If you would like a relative or carer to be involved, they can be. They will have to sign a
The researchers will ask you to take part in 3 interviews over 6 months. During the interviews, they will ask about your experience of the consultations. They will also ask you to fill in a questionnaire asking what you think of the Patient Information Navigation Service.
Planning for a consultation will take about an hour each time. The interviews will take about half an hour. Both the planning and the interviews can take place at hospital or by phone.
There are no side effects from taking 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 Belinda Hacking
Macmillan Cancer Support
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer