Virtual Peer-to-Peer (VP2P) Support Mentoring for Adolescents With Cancer

Official Title

Virtual Peer-to-peer (VP2P) Support Mentoring for Adolescents With Cancer: A Pilot Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial


The overall aim of this research program is to develop and examine the impact of a Cancer virtual peer-to-peer (VP2P) Support Program on health-related quality of life (HRQL) in adolescents with cancer (AWC). In the current proposal, the feasibility of trialing the Skype-based VP2P program providing peer-support from mentors and the magnitude of program effect estimates will be evaluated in a pilot randomized control trial (RCT). This pilot RCT will enable us to refine the program and determine the appropriate sample size for a future large-scale RCT, which will compare the effectiveness of VP2P to a waitlist control group at a major Children's Oncology Group- affiliated centres in Canada and the United States.

Trial Description

Primary Outcome:

  • Accrual and Attrition rates
  • Adherence
  • Proportion of completed questionnaires
  • Technical difficulties - developed by the investigator
  • Acceptability - semi structured interviews with AWC and mentors
Secondary Outcome:
  • Health Related Quality of Life (HRQL)
  • Knowledge
  • Perceived social support
  • Self-efficacy
  • Transition readiness
The aim of this project is to develop and examine the impact of a virtual peer support program on health outcomes and quality of life of adolescents with cancer using a waitlist randomized controlled trial. In addition to standard medical care, adolescents in the experimental group will receive a manualized peer mentorship program that will provide modelling and reinforcement by trained young adults aged 18-25 years who have learned to function successfully with their pain. Mentoring sessions consist of 10 sessions of 30-45 minute Skype calls over 8 weeks. Feasibility of the program will be measured in addition to quality of life, physical and emotional symptoms, pain coping, self-efficacy, social support, and self-management skills.

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