Mirror Grant - Understanding of Body Image Adaptation
The goal of this research study is to understand how patients adjust to appearance and body image changes after surgery for head and neck cancer.
- To examine patients' experiences of viewing themselves in the mirror immediately after surgical treatment for head and neck cancer, during active treatment and into survivorship.
- To examine clinicians' and other staffs' observations of patients viewing themselves in the mirror following disfiguring surgery.
- To identify interactions and processes, including mirror viewing and reactions of others, by which patients who have had surgery for head and neck cancers understand their appearance changes and feel about their body image.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Toward an Understanding of Body Image Adaptation Following Surgical Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer|
- Patients' Body Image Adaptation (Interviews) [ Time Frame: Study period 2 years to complete face-to-face interviews ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Patients' experiences of viewing themselves in the mirror immediately after surgical treatment for head and neck cancer. Descriptive information derived from 1 hour face-to-face interviews with qualitative methodology using Grounded Theory design and methods with use of constant comparative technique and analysis.
|Study Start Date:||August 2011|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||August 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Head & Neck Patients
Patients undergoing surgical treatment for head and neck cancer.
Face-to-face audio recorded interview. It should take about 1 hour to complete.Behavioral: Questionnaire
Questionnaire about demographic information such as age and ethnicity.
Other Name: Survey
Clinical staff who care for head and neck surgical participants during active treatment.
Face-to-face audio recorded interview. It should take about 1 hour to complete.
If you agree to take part in this study, you will take part in a face-to-face interview with the study staff. It should take about 1 hour to complete. You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire about your demographic information such as age and ethnicity. The interview will be done in a private research area and will be audio-recorded.
The researchers are interested in learning more about your experience of adjusting to the changes in your appearance after your surgery for head and neck cancer. You may be asked to look in a mirror and describe what you see.
If you ask for another interview, or if the interviewer would like your information made more clear, you will be scheduled for a second interview. You will be provided with an early summary of your interview, and you will be able to provide feedback over the phone or in writing on the accuracy of the information and the conclusions.
This is an investigational study.
Up to 20 patients and 15 healthcare providers will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at MD Anderson.
|Contact: Michelle C. Fingeret, PHD||713-794-1247|
|United States, Texas|
|UT MD Anderson Cancer Center||Recruiting|
|Houston, Texas, United States, 77030|
|Principal Investigator:||Michelle C. Fingeret, PHD||UT MD Anderson Cancer Center|