Prostate cancer patients´ illness related knowledge and its structuring

Principal investigator:
Sirkku Rankinen, MNSc, RN (doctoral thesis)

Supervisors:
Helena Leino-Kilpi, Professor
PhD, RN Sanna Salanterä, Professor
PhD, RN Sirkku Jyrkkiö, Specialized in Oncology
MD, Turku University Hospital, Kimmo Lehtonen, Professor, PhD (Faculty of Education)

The purpose of this study The purpose of this 4-phase study is to analyse prostate cancer patients´ illness related knowledge and its structuring (i.e. analysis of patients´ current knowledge, knowledge expectations and received knowledge, strategies of cognitive processing, outcomes of patient education). The ultimate goal is to develop prostate cancer patient education to become more empowering.

The first phase In the first phase, a systematic literature review was carried out. This literature review consists of previous researches concerning prostate cancer patients´ illness related knowledge, knowledge expectations and received knowledge.

The second phase In the second phase, patients was interviewed at the phase of the prostate cancer diagnosis. The emphasis is to get information of patients´ different ways of constructing their illness related knowledge.

The third phase In the third phase, the instrument measuring prostate cancer patients´ illness related knowledge structuring will be developed. This will be based on a systematic review and patients´ interviews.

The fourth phase In the fourth phase, patients´ illness related knowledge structuring will be measured with this instrument. In addition, the relationship between outcomes of patient education (i.e. adverse events, length of hospital stay, satisfaction, health-related quality of life) and knowledge structuring will be studied. The target population consists of all patients receiving prostate cancer diagnosis at a certain time in university hospitals in Finland.