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Trial registered on ANZCTR

Registration number
Ethics application status
Submitted, not yet approved
Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Date data sharing statement initially provided
Type of registration
Prospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Electronic Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in Blood Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study
Scientific title
Use of a Supportive Care Screening tool in blood cancer patients undergoing treatment; feasibility and success of an electronic Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and nurse led assessment to meet patients' wellness needs: a pilot study
Secondary ID [1] 300599 0
Nil known
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
ePROMs in Blood Cancer
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Haematological malignancy 316349 0
Condition category
Condition code
Cancer 314605 314605 0 0
Cancer 314606 314606 0 0
Leukaemia - Acute leukaemia
Cancer 314607 314607 0 0
Leukaemia - Chronic leukaemia
Cancer 314608 314608 0 0
Lymphoma (non Hodgkin's lymphoma) - High grade lymphoma
Cancer 314609 314609 0 0
Lymphoma (non Hodgkin's lymphoma) - Low grade lymphoma
Cancer 314610 314610 0 0
Cancer 314611 314611 0 0
Other cancer types
Blood 314613 314613 0 0
Other blood disorders

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
The PROMs trial will assess the adequacy, feasibility and acceptability of an electronic screening tool (electronic PROMs) in addressing the supportive care needs of blood cancer patients). We aim to facilitate a timely response to supportive care needs and increase appropriate allied health referrals, by identifying and acting on clinically significant responses to screening tools. The PROMs trial has both prospective and retrospective (historical) arms.

Prospective arm:
The electronic PROMs comprises two existing supportive care screening tools: the Malnutrition Screening Tool and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's Distress Thermometer and Problem List, with additional questions regarding exercise. Overall, participant distress, supportive care needs, nutritional status and physical activity will be assessed. These screening tools have been synthesised into the electronic PROMs through the secure survey database Google Forms.
Participants will be provided with pre-programmed touchscreens to complete the electronic PROMs during each visit to the outpatient haematology centre, with the view that it is completed at every scheduled appointment over a 6-month period. This will vary depending on the frequency of participants treatments and may be from weekly to 4 weekly. The electronic PROMs will take approximately 2-5 minutes to complete. In addition, participants will be provided with a URL to access and complete the electronic PROMs at home if needed. This will not be scheduled or expected, but can be used by participants if they experience a change in symptoms or needs and will be on an ad hoc basis only. Surveys completed from home will be identified by a direct question on the PROMs.
Responses to the electronic PROMs will be viewed and actioned within 3 days. Participants who provide pre-determined 'clinically significant' responses will be automatically flagged on the survey database. An appointment will be subsequently scheduled for these participants with the nurse project coordinator, a specialised haematology nurse with many years' experience. The purpose of this appointment is to discuss supportive care needs and refer participants to appropriate allied health services. The number and pattern of referrals to allied health services (specifically psychology, dietetics, social work and exercise physiology) will be recorded by the nurse project coordinator. Participants adherence to the intervention will be monitored in real time - trial participants will be flagged in advance of their attendance for treatment to ensure completion of survey. Study personnel are notified immediately of completion of surveys and so with the support for administrative staff can ensure same day completion. Reasons for failure to complete survey will be captured to inform feasibility of PROMs.
Participants will also complete a once-off electronic 'prospective participant satisfaction survey' (PPSS), designed to assess the acceptability of the electronic PROMs. This is to be completed at the end of the 6-month study period, via touchscreens provided at the outpatient centre.
Each participant in this arm will receive the same interventions (electronic PROMs and PPSS). Participants may receive different allied health referrals, depending on their responses to the electronic PROMs.
Intervention code [1] 316908 0
Early detection / Screening
Comparator / control treatment
Participants recruited to the retrospective arm of the project will complete a mailed, paper-based satisfaction survey. This survey will assess the attitudes of retrospective participants towards supportive care screening, prior to the implementation of the electronic PROMs, including whether or not their supportive care needs were identified, understood and appropriately addressed with referrals to allied health. Responses to this survey will be contrasted against the satisfaction of participants receiving the electronic PROMs in the prospective arm of the study.
The survey will be posted via reply paid mail to eligible retrospective participants at the commencement of the six month study period. Participants are instructed to complete the survey and return via post to the study centre, prior to the conclusion of the six-month period.
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 322986 0
Percentage change in referrals to allied health services (specifically psychology, social work, dietetics and exercise physiology), by comparing prospective study data against existing data on referrals from the same six-month period of the previous year
Timepoint [1] 322986 0
6 months after commencement of the study period
Primary outcome [2] 322987 0
Acceptability of the electronic PROMs to participants, as determined by qualitative data from a 'satisfaction' survey.

The electronic PROMs is a questionnaire designed specifically for the project. It includes the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's 'Distress Thermometer and Problem List', a validated screening tool, with additional, non-validated questions to screen for nutritional status and physical activity.

The satisfaction survey is designed specifically for the project.
Timepoint [2] 322987 0
6 months after commencement of the study period
Secondary outcome [1] 380454 0
Optimal time points for completion electronic PROMS based on completion rates and qualitative data from PROMS and satisfaction surveys
Timepoint [1] 380454 0
assessed 6 months post commencement of study period

Key inclusion criteria
Prospective arm:
1. Participants with a diagnosis of haematological malignancy (including, but not limited to, myeloma, lymphoma, leukaemia, myelodysplastic and myeloproliferative syndromes), attending the study centre
2. In receipt of treatment for their haematological malignancy during the six-month study period (including, but not limited to, parenteral chemotherapy and immunotherapy, oral chemotherapy/disease directed therapy or regular blood product transfusions)

Retrospective arm:
1. Participants with a diagnosis of haematological malignancy (including, but not limited to, myeloma, lymphoma, leukaemia, myelodysplastic and myeloproliferative syndromes)
2. Attended the study centre between March 1 - August 31 2019 for treatment of their haematological malignancy
Minimum age
16 Years
Maximum age
No limit
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
For both prospective and retrospective arms, patients who are unable to speak or write the English language are not eligible for participation in this study.

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Non-randomised trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Open (masking not used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Other design features
This project involves a prospective and a retrospective (historical) arm. Prospective participants are those who receive treatment for haematological malignancy during the study period, whereas retrospective participants received treatment over the same six-month period of the previous year.
Prospective participants will be a single group who receive the same intervention. This group will complete the electronic PROMs questionnaire which aims to identify and address unmet supportive care needs, frequently throughout their treatment, Their supportive care needs and allied health referrals may differ based on differing needs. The satisfaction of prospective and retrospective participants with supportive care screening, as well as data on referrals provided, will be analysed.
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis
A defined period of time is allocated to recruit participants on the prospective arm, rather than a target recruitment number to achieve outcomes.

All eligible participants during the study period will be included and a descriptive analysis will be conducted including comparative rates of referrals to allied health, and qualitative assessment of satisfaction of the electronic PROMs. Analysis will focus on clinical relevance rather than statistical significance including changes in referral patterns.

Recruitment status
Not yet recruiting
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
Recruitment hospital [1] 15958 0
Cabrini Hospital - Malvern - Malvern
Recruitment postcode(s) [1] 29451 0
3144 - Malvern

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 305022 0
Name [1] 305022 0
Cabrini Health
Address [1] 305022 0
183 Wattletree Rd Malvern VIC 3144
Country [1] 305022 0
Primary sponsor type
Cabrini Hospital
183 Wattletree Rd Malvern VIC 3144
Secondary sponsor category [1] 305379 0
Name [1] 305379 0
Address [1] 305379 0
Country [1] 305379 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Submitted, not yet approved
Ethics committee name [1] 305417 0
Cabrini Human Research and Ethics Committee
Ethics committee address [1] 305417 0
183 Wattletree Rd, Malvern VIC 3144
Ethics committee country [1] 305417 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 305417 0
Approval date [1] 305417 0
Ethics approval number [1] 305417 0

Brief summary
The purpose of this study is to test a new screening tool to see if this tool helps the hospital meet patient’s supportive care needs. Supportive care includes physical, financial, emotional, family and practical support.

Who is it for?
You may be eligible for this study if you are aged 16 or over, you have a diagnosis of blood cancer and are receiving treatment. You may also be eligible for a part of the study if you have received treatment for a blood cancer in the past.

Study details
Participants in this study will be divided into two groups, depending on whether they are currently having treatment (called the prospective group), or received treatment in the past (the retrospective group). Both groups will complete screening tools, which involve a questionnaire. The retrospective group will complete a paper questionnaire and return by mail. The prospective group will complete the questionnaire at each appointment in a 6-month period. In addition to the questionnaire(s), all participants will also complete a satisfaction survey.

It is hoped this research will demonstrate the usefulness of this screening process, and enable the needs of patients to be responded to more effectively.

Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Principal investigator
Name 100310 0
A/Prof Melita Kenealy
Address 100310 0
Cabrini Hospital
CHOC Level 2, 183 Wattletree Rd Malvern VIC 3144
Country 100310 0
Phone 100310 0
+61 3 9500 9345
Fax 100310 0
Email 100310 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 100311 0
A/Prof Melita Kenealy
Address 100311 0
Cabrini Hospital
CHOC Level 2, 183 Wattletree Rd Malvern VIC 3144
Country 100311 0
Phone 100311 0
+61 3 9500 9345
Fax 100311 0
Email 100311 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 100312 0
A/Prof Melita Kenealy
Address 100312 0
Cabrini Hospital
CHOC Level 2, 183 Wattletree Rd Malvern VIC 3144
Country 100312 0
Phone 100312 0
+61 3 9500 9345
Fax 100312 0
Email 100312 0

Data sharing statement
Will individual participant data (IPD) for this trial be available (including data dictionaries)?
No/undecided IPD sharing reason/comment
not applicable for study design
What supporting documents are/will be available?
No other documents available
Summary results
No Results