The present parallel randomised control trial evaluated the feasibility of a nurse‐led psycho‐educational intervention aimed at improving the self‐management of prostate cancer survivors.
We identified 305 eligible patients from a district general hospital, diagnosed 9–48 months previously, who completed radical treatment, or were monitored clinically (ineligible for treatment). Ninety‐five patients were recruited by blinded selection and randomised to Intervention (N = 48) and Control (N = 47) groups. Participant allocation was revealed to patients and researchers after recruitment was completed. For 36 weeks, participants received augmented usual care (Control) or augmented usual care and additional nurse support (Intervention) provided in two community hospitals and a university clinic, or by telephone.
Data from 91 participants (Intervention, N = 45; Control, N = 46) were analysed. All feasibility metrics met predefined targets: recruitment rate (31.15%; 95% CI: 25.95%–36.35%), attrition rate (9.47%; 95% CI: 3.58%–15.36%) and outcome measures completion rates (77%–92%). Forty‐five patients received the intervention, with no adverse events. The Extended Prostate Cancer Index Composite can inform the minimum sample size for a future effectiveness trial. The net intervention cost was £317 per patient.
The results supported the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention, suggesting that it should be evaluated in a fully powered trial to assess its effectiveness and cost‐effectiveness.