University of Otago has launched an online questionnaire-based study on sleep quality for prostate cancer patients and their partners.

The study has been approved by the University of Otago's Human Ethics Committee and they are looking for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer to participate.


Brief description about the study

PI: Erik Wibowo, PhD (University of Otago)

Collaborator: Sheila Garland, PhD, R Psych (Memorial University, Canada)

Background: Sleep quality may be affected following prostate cancer treatment such as prostatectomy or radiotherapy. Furthermore, patients on androgen deprivation therapy may have worse sleep quality than patients on other treatment. Hot flashes and frequent urination at night can exacerbate insomnia, but other factors that can affect sleep have not been well-studied.

Aim: Our team aims to determine how lifestyle (e.g., sleep hygiene, exercise), physical (e.g., weight gain, fatigue) and psychosexual (e.g., anxiety, depression, sexual activity) factors are associated with sleep disturbance in prostate cancer patients and their partners

Eligibility: The study is open to all prostate cancer patients regardless of treatment. ​At the end of the survey, patients, who have a partner, will be asked if they could provide their partner's email address, so we could invite the partners for a partner's version of the survey. 

Procedure: The survey takes about 45 minute to complete, and participants need to only fill it once. At the end of the survey, participants can enter a raffle for a chance to win a $100 NZD gift card.

Potential Outcomes: Data from this study can potentially be used by health care providers to optimize treatment for patients and partners who experience sleep problems. ​

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