A randomised controlled study of an audiovisual patient information intervention on informed consent and recruitment to cancer clinical trials

Br J Cancer. 2007 Sep 17;97(6):705-11. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6603943.


Recruitment to cancer clinical trials needs to be improved, as does patient knowledge and understanding about clinical trials, in order for patients to make an informed choice about whether or not to take part. Audiovisual patient information (AVPI) has been shown to improve knowledge and understanding in various areas of practice, but there is limited information about its effect in the cancer clinical trial setting, particularly in relation to consent rates. In this study, 173 patients were randomised to receive either the AVPI, in addition to the standard trial-specific written information, or the written information alone. There was no difference in clinical trial recruitment rates between the two groups with similar study entry rates: 72.1% in the AVPI group and 75.9% in the standard information group. The estimated odds ratio for refusal (intervention/no intervention) was 1.19 (95% CI 0.55-2.58, P=0.661). Knowledge scores increased more in the AVPI group compared to the standard group (P=0.0072). The change in anxiety score between the arms was also statistically significant (P=0.011) with anxiety improving in the intervention arm more than in the no intervention arm. Audiovisual patient information was shown to be a useful tool in improving patient knowledge and anxiety, but further work is necessary in relation to its effect on clinical trial recruitment rates.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anxiety / prevention & control
  • Audiovisual Aids*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Odds Ratio
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Patient Selection*
  • Research Design
  • Videotape Recording