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An empowerment information intervention improved participation in treatment decision making in men with recently diagnosed prostate cancer

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To determine whether assisting men with recently diagnosed prostate cancer to obtain relevant information increases their participation in treatment decision making, and decreases anxiety and depression.


Randomised controlled trial with 6 week follow up.


A community urology clinic in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


60 consecutive men (mean age 68 y) with a recent diagnosis of prostate cancer, who had not been told their diagnosis; had not had their initial treatment consultation; were able to speak, read, and write English; and showed no evidence of mental confusion. 87% were married, 72% were retired, and 58% had less than a grade 12 education.


Men allocated to the intervention (n=30) received 5 brochures containing information on, for example, the disease process, treatment options, and diagnostic tests, and were instructed on how to find information in the brochures. A list of potential questions for discussion with the physician was reviewed, new …

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  • Sources of funding: National Cancer Institute of Canada with funds provided by the Canadian Cancer Society.

  • For article reprint: B Joyce Davison, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, 351 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 2A6, Canada. Fax +1 204 231 4006.