TrueNTH Decision support
Project Lead: Lucy Brindle, Lecturer, University of Southampton
Since treatment options for prostate cancer can be varied and complex, making a 'no-regrets' decision about a treatment path can be very difficult, particularly if options and associated risks are not laid out clearly and not tailored for the individual patient.
How TrueNTH is confronting it
This is part of a global TrueNTH project to develop a 'decision aid' for men with localised, low-to-intermediate risk prostate cancer. The ultimate aim is to develop tools in this area for men with high risk cancer too.
There are two stages to this project:
Stage 1 focuses on scoping and reviewing communication between patient and clinician at the time of diagnosis to identify where support is needed. In response, the research team will design aids, such as audio-recordings of consultations for patients, which can support their understanding.
Training for clinical teams will be included alongside information materials to better explain available treatment options and prepare men for making that decision with their specialist.
Stage 2 will be the evaluation phase. The team will evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention and treatment selection option to learn more about if and how men regret the decisions they have made.