Introduction/Background Research suggests that most early-stage endometrial cancer patients do not need intensive follow-up. The aim of the ENSURE (Endometrial cancer SURvivors’ follow-up care) trial was to compare satisfaction with care between women who received a reduced follow-up (FU) schedule (4 visits) and women who received the usual FU schedule according to the Dutch guideline (8–11 visits) for three years after treatment.
Methodology In this multicentre non-inferiority trial, 316 women from 42 hospitals with FIGO stage IA/B endometrial cancer were randomly allocated to reduced FU (n=160) or usual FU care (n=156). The women completed questionnaires at baseline (after surgery), and after 6, 12 and 36 months. The primary outcome was satisfaction with care (PSQ-III) with a predefined noninferiority margin of 6 points (range 0–100). Mixed linear regressions were used.
Results 299 (95%) women completed the questionnaire at baseline; 291 (92%) at 6-months; 272 (86%) at 12 months and 222 (70%) at 36 months. During three years after treatment, women in the reduced FU group had a median of 3.5 [IQR 3.0–5.0] visits with their specialist/nurse compared to 7.0 [IQR 6.0–9.0] visits for women in the usual FU group. Overall satisfaction with care was similar in the reduced FU (M=82;SD=15) and usual FU (M=82;SD=13) group. At 6, 12 and 36 months, more patients (93/94/90%) in the reduced FU arm were satisfied with their FU schedule than patients in usual FU arm (79/78/82%). Nine women in the reduced FU group and five in the usual FU group developed a recurrence (n.s.).
Conclusion Women receiving reduced follow-up care were just as satisfied with their care as those receiving follow-up care according to Dutch guidelines. Compared to usual care, women in the reduced care group had fewer medical visits and, at the same time, more often reported being satisfied with this reduced frequency.
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