Exploring men’s psychological adjustment to prostate cancer

This week, our blog features a guest post by Yingna Li, a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

What is the research and why is it important?

This prospective 8-month long survey study aims to explore how prostate cancer makes men feel, how it affects what they think about themselves and how they deal with those things. Data will be collected at recruitment and at 4 and 8 months respectively after recruitment.

This study will contribute to a better understanding of the important issue of how men cope with living with prostate cancer. Researchers will be able to identify psychological factors that play a critical role in mental health among men with prostate cancer. Such knowledge will be very useful for helping men with prostate cancer with their mental health through multiple ways such as providing healthcare guidance for clinicians and developing psychotherapies specifically tailored to the needs of men with prostate cancer.

How can I help this project?

You’re eligible to participate if 1) you have received a diagnosis of prostate cancer, 2) you are over 18 years old, and 3) you live in the United Kingdom.

Please refer to the following link to participate: https://edinburgh.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9sESibdAqJa487k.


If I participate, what will happen? Will I be contacted afterwards?

If you decide to take part, you need to first complete an informed consent form and then you will start the questionnaire by answering questions regarding your demographic and medical information. You will then be asked questions about how you feel and how you cope with living with prostate cancer.

The questionnaire should take around 20-30 minutes to complete. Towards the end, you will be asked to provide your email address if you’re happy to complete two follow-up questionnaires at 4-month intervals. If you do provide your email address, there is no obligation to complete the follow up surveys and you can contact the lead researcher at any time to ask for your email address to be deleted. Your email address will only be used by the lead researcher to send you the invitations to later follow-up surveys, and it will be stored separately to your other data.


Will I hear back from the researcher once the study is finished?

It’s really your choice. The results of this study may be summarised in published articles, reports and presentations. Key findings will always be made anonymous. You will not be identifiable from any published results.

If you would like a summary of the current study, please refer to the following webpage (www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/EMAPC) or leave your email address towards the end of this first questionnaire to receive results in the form of a summary.



Who can I contact for more information?

You can get in touch with the lead researcher directly:
Yingna Li, PhD student in Clinical Psychology
Email: [email protected]
School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Teviot, Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG

If you would like to participate or learn more about the study, please follow this link

If you are a researcher and would like to share news about your prostate cancer study, please email a short outline of your work and proof of ethics approval to [email protected]

Yingna does not receive funding from PCR. We decided to feature this research on the PCR website because we felt it was an important topic, with the potential to improve quality of life for men with prostate cancer. We also confirmed ethics approval before deciding to help promote Yingna's research.

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