New Research to Measure Value of Electronic Support Services for Mesothelioma Patients, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Australian scientists hope to help improve access to supportive mesothelioma care by evaluating the impact of online and telephone services.

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It is hypothesized that participants receiving telephone or Web support will report reduced distress and greater self-efficacy...

Researchers in Callaghan, Australia have just announced the protocol they plan to use to study the value of digital and telephone support services for patients with lung cancers like malignant pleural mesothelioma. Click here to read the full details in a new article on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

University of Newcastle investigators plan to recruit 500 people with either a lung cancer or mesothelioma diagnosis and randomly assign them to receive either printed information, online support (via email or chat), or telephone support.

“It is hypothesized that participants receiving telephone or Web support will report reduced distress and greater self-efficacy than participants receiving booklets,” writes behavioral researcher Associate Professor Christine L. Paul.

The researchers hope that the protocol, published in JMIR Research Protocols, could help to improve mesothelioma outcomes for patients, especially in inaccessible areas.

“Any time someone receives a diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma, they and their family are bound to have many questions,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “Previous studies have shown that people who have ready access to the information and support they need tend to have the best outcomes and the Internet may offer an easy way to provide that.”

For all the details on the planned study and what scientists hope to learn from it, see Electronic Support for Mesothelioma Cancer Patients, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Paul, CL, “Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial of Proactive Web-based Versus Telephone-based Information and Support: Can Electronic Platforms Deliver Effective Care for Lung Cancer Patients””, October 26, 2016, JMIR Research Protocols, Vol. 5, No. 4,

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