A pilot study of population-based, patient-reported outcome collection in cancer survivors

Veenoo Agarwal, Nadia Corsini, Marion C. Eckert, Greg Sharplin, Imogen Ramsey, Kate Gunn, Michael K. Fitzgerald, Bogda Koczwara

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    Aim: To determine feasibility and acceptability of completing PROs questionnaires at completion and 1 year after curative cancer treatment. Methods: Patients assessed in a nurse-led end of treatment survivorship clinic, at a tertiary referral centre, recruited between October 2015 and July 2016 were mailed a survey at baseline and at 12-month follow-up. The survey included validated PRO questionnaires. A target response rate for feasibility, defined as the proportion of the eligible population approached that completed the survey, was set at 70%. Qualitative feedback regarding the survey was collected from participants. Results: Of the 47 eligible patients approached, 34 (72.4%) agreed to participate with 29 (61.9%) completing the survey at baseline, and 21 (44.7%) at follow-up. Respondents lost to follow-up at 12 months had clinically meaningful lower scores on all QLQ-C30 functioning scales and 8 out of 9 symptom scales/items. Qualitative feedback from survey respondents indicated the content was relevant and acceptable. Participants expressed willingness to complete a similar survey approximately once per year and a higher preference for completing the survey in hard copy compared with online. Conclusions: Cancer survivors are willing to provide information on a range of PROs, but those with higher needs were the ones less likely to complete surveys. There is scope to improve the response rate and representativeness of the patient cohort captured. Future research should identify strategies to optimise recruitment when collecting PROs data from cancer survivors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4239-4247
    Number of pages9
    JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
    Issue number8
    Early online date7 Jan 2021
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


    • Cancer survivors
    • Quality of life


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