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CanDirect- Looking for volunteers (ONT, QC)

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Can self-care tools and a coach help survivors struggling
with depression?

Who: Dr Jane McCusker, McGill University researcher, Montreal

The CanDirect team is looking for volunteers struggling with low mood to try tools such as relaxation MP3/CDs and skills building workbooks. The tools have been designed to help users learn to manage feelings of depression. A coach is available by phone to help volunteers learn to use the tools.

Why: Frequently, people who have completed cancer treatment may experience mood symptoms that can interfere with their daily lives. These symptoms include stress, worry, feeling down or having little interest in doing things. Dr McCusker and her team believe tools and a coach may be a helpful approach.

"As a family physician, I am excited by the potential of this study. We hope our CanDirect study will demonstrate that different forms of self-care are useful in the management of depressive symptoms common following cancer care”, says CanDirect co-investigator Dr Mark Yaffe, shown here with CanDirect lead scientist Dr Jane McCusker and project coordinator Manon de Raad.

How: Eligible participants are mailed a self-care toolkit. The toolkit includes workbooks to help participants manage worry, challenge negative thinking, and set attainable goals for mood-uplifting activities such as socialization, healthy nutrition and physical activity. Also included are relaxation/meditation CDs/MP3s, a DVD with compelling stories of individuals who overcame depression, and other online options.

As CanDirect co-investigator Sylvie Lambert summarizes, “the workbook not only tells you what depression is; it also provides doable practical skills to cope with depression”.

Is this study right for me?
You may be eligible to participate in this study if you have completed your cancer treatments for a non-metastatic cancer and live in Ontario or Quebec. No travel is required, participants will be asked to complete questionnaires from the comfort of their home to help evaluate the effectiveness of the tools.

To find out more visit the CanDirect website at: If you live in Ontario you can also contact Camilla Diniz at 416-634-7336 and in Quebec you can speak with Cindy Ibberson at (514)345-3511 ext. 5593.

Funding: This study is funded by a research grant from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.

Researchers: Jane McCusker, MD DrPH Principal Scientist, St. Mary's Research Centre, Professor Emerita and Full Professor Post-Retirement, McGill University; Jennifer Jones, PhD Director, Cancer Survivorship Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, UHN Scientist, Ontario Cancer Institute; Rosana Faria Psychologist, Cancer Care Program; Psychosocial Oncology Clinical Coordinator, St. Mary's Hospital Center; Sylvie Lambert, BSc(N) PhD Assistant professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University Research Associate, St. Mary's Research Centre; Madeline Li, MD PhD Psychiatrist, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, University Health Network; Mark Yaffe, MDCM MClSc Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, Family physicians, St. Mary’s Hospital Center.




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