Kim, Y., Roscoe, J. A., & Morrow, G. R. (2002). The effects of information and negative affect on severity of side effects from radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 10, 416–421.doi: 10.1007/s00520-002-0359-y
This was an educational intervention on the side effects of radiation therapy (RT) for prostate cancer; a four-minute followed by an eight-minute tape-recorded message (informational intervention versus standard of care information) was used at treatment 1, and a different message was used at treatment 5. The outcome was the severity of the side effects from RT.
Patients were undergoing the active treatment phase of care.
The study was a randomized, controlled trial.
A single-item measure of sleep was obtained at week 2 and the end of treatment.
A brief educational intervention is helpful in reducing sleep problems resulting from RT and cancer.
No training is required.