Are you an adult male with a past or current cancer diagnosis? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand how men with cancer stand up for themselves (called “self-advocacy”). Involves completing questionnaires (paper or online) that will take about 30-45 minutes. Compensation provided.
Self-advocacy means that patients stand up for themselves in an effort to get their healthcare needs met. Self-advocacy can lead to better outcomes and experiences for cancer patients, but some people are not comfortable communicating their needs to their healthcare providers.
The purpose of this study is to help researchers understand how men with cancer advocate for themselves. Researchers hope their findings will help cancer survivors in the future.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Men ages 18 and up
Past or current diagnosis of any type of invasive cancer (men with basal cell carcinoma of the skin and in-situ cancers are not eligible)
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
This study involves completing questionnaires online or on paper. The questionnaires will ask about your symptoms, mood, quality of life, medications, knowledge about health information, and self-advocacy skills. Completing the questionnaires will take about 30-45 minutes.
IRB: STUDY19040262B- Defining How Men with Cancer Advocate for Their Needs: A Mixed Methods Exploratory Study
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, BA, RN, is an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion & Development at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Thomas’ research interests include cancer symptom management, instrument development and testing, and financial distress related to chronic health problems.