Health website evaluation

Please find below the details of a study that is currently recruiting participants. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary.

Study title

Prostate Cancer Health and Fitness Online: The development and pilot testing of an internet physical activity program for prostate cancer survivors.

Lead investigator

Dr Camille Short for the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health. School of Medicine, University of Adelaide.

Summary of project

Research has shown that participating in physical activity is beneficial for prostate cancer survivors. Some men have expressed interest to use the internet as a way to find information on their own. This PhD student project asks whether an internet program could be a good way for men to receive information about physical activity.

The aim of this study is to evaluate the website. To do this, we will randomise people into the main website program or into the control website program for a period of 4 weeks. This is to ask if our program is any better than the cancer and exercise information already out there on the internet. Those who are randomly placed into the control group can have access to the main program after 4 weeks.

Our website will give personally tailored advice to you, provide examples of exercises one can do from home as video tutorials or as pictures, act as an activity tracker. You can submit questions to our “frequently asked questions” to our exercise physiologist who will give video response. It will not cost any money to participate.

Ethics approval

Ethics approval has been granted through the University of Adelaide Human Research Ethics Committee.

Who is this study for?

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with localised or locally advanced prostate cancer
  • Have had and completed active treatment for prostate cancer (surgery, radiotherapy, brachytherapy) and are in remission
  • It is OK to be on hormone treatment and participate
  • Can read and understand English fluently
  • Have no medical issues that might stop you being active (please speak to your doctor if you are unsure whether you should participate)
  • Have access to a computer with internet speeds capable of video content and email

The oncological guidelines say you need to do 2.5 hours of cardio-based activity AND two or more strengthen sessions a week.

If you are not currently doing both of the components, then you can do the program.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Those with metastatic cancer
  • Those with localised cancer who are on active surveillance

 

If you are interested in this study, please contact:

Ms Amy Finlay

Phone: (08) 8128 4056

Email: amy.finlay@adelaide.edu.au

Note: I am out of the office on Wednesdays.

September 19th, 2018|