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    Perceived patient burden and acceptability of whole body MRI for staging lung and colorectal cancer; comparison with standard staging investigations

    Evans, Ruth and Taylor, S. and Beare, S. and Halligan, S. and Morton, A. and Oliver, A. and Rockall, A. and Miles, Anne (2018) Perceived patient burden and acceptability of whole body MRI for staging lung and colorectal cancer; comparison with standard staging investigations. British Journal of Radiology 91 (1086), ISSN 0007-1285.

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    Objectives – To evaluate perceived patient burden and acceptability of whole body MRI (WB-MRI) compared to standard staging investigations, and identify predictors of reduced tolerance. Methods – Patients recruited to multi-centre trials comparing WB-MRI with standard staging scans for lung and colorectal cancer were invited to complete two questionnaires: a baseline questionnaire at recruitment, measuring demographics, comorbidities, and distress; and a follow-up questionnaire after staging, measuring recovery time, comparative acceptability/ satisfaction between WB-MRI and CT (colorectal cancer) and PET-CT (lung cancer), and perceived scan burden (scored 1 low to 7 high). Results – 115 patients (median age 66.3 years; 67 males) completed follow-up and 103 baseline questionnaires. Sixty-nine (63.9%) reported “immediate” recovery from WB-MRI and 73 (65.2%) judged it “very acceptable”. Perceived WB-MRI burden was greater than for CT (p<0.001) and PET-CT (p<0.001). High distress and co-morbidities were associated with greater WB-MRI burden in adjusted analyses, with deprivation only approaching significance (adjusted regression Beta=0.223, p=0.025; Beta=0.191, p=0.048; Beta = -0.186, p=0.059 respectively). Age (p=0.535), gender (p=0.389), ethnicity (p=0.081) and cancer type (p=0.201) were not predictive of WB-MRI burden. Conclusions: WB-MRI is marginally less acceptable and more burdensome than standard scans, particularly for patients with pre-existing distress and comorbidities. Advances in knowledge: This research shows that WB-MRI scan burden, although low, is higher than for current staging modalities among patients with suspected colorectal or lung cancer. Psychological and physical co-morbidities, adversely impact on patient experience of WB-MRI. Patients with high distress or comorbid illness may need additional support to undergo a WB-MRI.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Anne Miles
    Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 10:19
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2019 23:40


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