A randomised controlled trialet randomiseret kontrolleret studie
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to analyze the effect of a rehabilitation intervention (supportive conversations and a residential rehabilitation course) offered to cancer patients and their relatives in pairs. The hypothesis is that the intervention can improve the pairs’ health related quality of life and that patients and their relatives in the intervention group will show a better capacity for handling the everyday life together. Methods: A randomized, controlled study is designed to assess the effect of the rehabilitation intervention. Patients admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with lung cancer or gynecological cancer are included in the study together with a relative by patient’s choice both giving informed consent (N=120 pairs). The intervention group (60 pairs) receives three supportive conversations with a trained nurse initiated from the admission date and completed within approximately two months after admission. The pairs also participate in a residential rehabilitation course (four days) approximately 9 months after surgery. The control group (60 pairs) receives current treatment and rehabilitation practice. The effect of the intervention on quality of life will be analyzed using validated questionnaires including EORTC QLQ-C30, POMS, WHO-5 well-being index and supplemented with ad hoc questions. The rehabilitation needs are furthermore explored in qualitative interviews and participant-observations with pairs from both the intervention and the control group. Result: The first pair was enrolled in the study in March 2010. The collections of data are expected to complete March 2011.