The PrEvENT Feasibility Trial – Results of the Qualitative Feasibility Analysis


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Ellie Shingler1,Luke Robles1,Lucy Hackshaw-McGeagh1,Raj Persad2,Anthony Koupparis2,Edward Rowe2,Constance Shiridzinomwa3,Amit Bahl4,Richard M Martin5,J Athene Lane5
1NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Diet, Nutrition and Lifestyle,2Bristol Urological Institute,3North Bristol NHS Trust,4Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre,5University of Bristol

Abstract

Background

With a growing body of evidence identifying diet and low physical activity as risk factors for prostate cancer development and progression, the Prostate Cancer: Evidence of Exercise and Nutrition Feasibility Trial (PrEvENT) aimed to assess a physical activity and nutrition based intervention in men undergoing radical prostatectomy. The trial included a qualitative phase in order to further understand the acceptability of both the intervention and data collection methods. This poster summarises the findings from the qualitative phase of the PrEvENT trial.

Method

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of 17 PrEvENT participants. The interviews were audio recorded and data transcribed for analysis by two researchers using the framework approach. Analysis was conducted in an ongoing manner throughout the data collection process to allow any emergent themes to be further explored in subsequent interviews.

Results

Three overarching themes were identified: Acceptability of the intervention, acceptability of the data collection methods and trial logistics. Both aspects of the intervention were tolerated well and most of the men interviewed planned to continue with at least one aspect of the lifestyle changes made as part of the trial. Recommendations for future trials included consideration of alternative physical activity options for participants, increased information on portion sizes and consideration of the potential to further utilise the pedometer as a form of intervention.

Conclusion

This qualitative analysis provides insight into the opinions and experiences of the acceptability of the PrEvENT nutrition and physical activity intervention from the participants themselves. It outlines that the interventions delivered were acceptable to this sample of participants, as were the data collection methods utilised. It has also highlighted some considerations to be taken into account for the design of further behavioural change interventions in this population group.