A randomized controlled trial was conducted of a web-based intervention to improve advanced care planning in women with ovarian cancer. A secondary analysis of 35 randomized women focused on changes in distress and knowledge about ovarian cancer through distress monitoring and information tailored to patients' cognitive coping style (monitoring, blunting). Pre-/postresults indicated the Intervention group demonstrated lower distress (p = 0.06); blunting was associated with lower depression (p = 0.04); knowledge in both groups was unchanged. Women in the Intervention vs. Control group reported their family was less likely to be upset by cancer information (p = 0.0004). This intervention reduced distress while incorporating patient preferences.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Research reported in this publication was funded by the Faculty Research Development Program of the Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota (PI: M. Geller, F. Sainfort) and additionally supported by NIH grant P30 CA77598 (PI: D. Yee).
- cognitive coping style
- ovarian cancer
- patient education