Cancer: Life Affirming Survivorship Support in Primary Care (CLASP) Programme
Principal / Lead Investigator
- Prof Lucy Yardley, University of Southampton
- Prof Paul Little, University of Southampton
- Prof Richard Neal, Bangor University
- Prof Clare Wilkinson, Bangor University
- Prof Eila Watson, Oxford Brookes University
Type of study
The UK has 2 million cancer survivors and the prevalence is set to increase. We have one of the poorest cancer survival records among developed countries and quality of life is poor, with high levels of distress and fatigue. We need efficient and effective ways to help, that could widely and easily be put into routine practice. Our research team is funded by NIHR to develop and evaluate an internet based intervention that will assist change in the way GP practices offer support (lifestyle changes and wellbeing support) to cancer survivors. The current project aims to use iterative qualitative research and consultation to ensure it is viewed as acceptable and useful by patients and primary care staff throughout the early stages of development. The research design is a series of qualitative studies (interviews and focus groups) with around 60 patients and 30 health professionals. After giving informed consent participants will be asked to share their thoughts and feelings about early versions of the intervention and any issues that it raises for supporting cancer survivorship within primary care.
Study 1: face to face 'think aloud' interviews where patients give 'live' feedback as they view and use the website.
Study 2: Retrospective telephone interviews with patients giving feedback on the website after trying it for a few weeks from their own home.
Study 3: Focus group studies to elicit healthcare professional (HCP) views of the intervention.
Interviews and focus groups will be tape recorded, transcribed and analysed for common and salient themes. This feedback will help us to create an intervention that is effective, cost effective, feasible and acceptable to patients and health professionals. Once fully developed and amended in response to feedback from the current study the intervention will be tested in a RCT (a separate IRAS application will be submitted).
Who is the study sponsor?
University of Southampton
Does the study involve commercial partnership activity?
UKCRN portfolio number (if relevant)
Total grant value
Amount accruing to Wales
Summary on HRA website: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/medicine/academic_units/projects/clasp.page
Outputs generated (Reports / Publications / Impact)
- Krusche, A., Bradbury, K., Corbett, T., Barnett, J., Stuart, B., Yao, G., ... Little, P. (2019). Renewed: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial of a digital intervention to support quality of life in cancer survivors. BMJ Open. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024862
- Bradbury, K., Steele, M., Corbett, T., Geraghty, A., Krusche, A., Heber, E. D., ... Yardley, L. (2019). Developing a digital intervention for cancer survivors: An evidence, theory and person-based approach. Digital Medicine, 1-13.
- Corbett, T., Cheetham, T., Muller, A. M., Slodkowska-Barabasz, J., Wilde, L. J., Krusche, A., Richardson, A., Foster, C., Watson, E., Little, P., Yardley, L., & Bradbury, K. (2018). Exploring cancer survivors’ views of health behavior change: "Where do you start, where do you stop with everything?". Psycho-Oncology, 1-54.
- Corbett, T., Singh, K., Payne, L., Bradbury, K., Foster, C., Watson, E., Richardson, A., Little, P., & Yardley, L. (2018). Understanding acceptability of and engagement with Web-based interventions aiming to improve quality of life in cancer survivors: A synthesis of current research. Psycho-Oncology, 27(1), 22-33