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Effects of Telephone Follow- up Consultations on Discharged Liver Cancer Following Non-surgical Treatment

18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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Trial Information

Effects of Telephone Follow- up Consultations on Discharged Liver Cancer Following Non-surgical Treatment

In the first year, a longitudinal mixed method with quantitative and qualitative method will
be used. The Distress Management Tool, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and the
Short Form-12 quality of life will be used to assess patients' care needs, anxiety,
depression, and quality of life in the quantitative method. Data will be analyzed by
descriptive, Pearson's Correlation, and Stepwise Regression for each time point.
Tape-recorded and in-depth interviews with semi-structured interview guidelines will be used
in qualitative method to interview the cancer patients who are scheduled to be discharged
after treatment. Content analysis will be used to analyze the interview content.

In the second and third year, randomized control trial will be used to recruit eligible
subjects from inpatients in oncology wards in one medical center in Taipei. The eligible
subjects will be randomized into a control or experimental group. The patients in the
control group will receive usual care and those in the experimental group will receive seven
instances of telephone follow-up or face-to-face education (the day before discharge and
during the first, second, third, fourth, sixth, and eighth weeks after discharge).Data will
be analyzed by independent t-test, one-way analysis of variance, and generalized estimating

Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients with liver cancer in non-surgical treatment

- Aged above 18

- Those who are wiling to participate in the research

Exclusion Criteria:

- None

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Outcome Measure:

quality of life

Outcome Time Frame:

3 months after discharge

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Shiow-ching shun, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

National Taiwan University


Taiwan: Department of Health

Study ID:




Start Date:

October 2009

Completion Date:

February 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma
  • hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Needs
  • Telephone consultation
  • Carcinoma
  • Liver Neoplasms
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular