BEFORE Decision Aid Implementation Study


Unity Health Toronto




Young Adult
Breast Neoplasm Female
Decision Support Techniques
Evaluation Studies


Behavioral: BEFORE decision aid

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


Fertility is of great importance to young women with cancer. Concerns about the ability to become pregnant after cancer treatment may influence treatment decisions and fertility decision-making is challenging. Despite these challenges, there is a lack of fertility decision support tools. Our team developed the Begin Exploring Fertility Options, Risks and Expectations (BEFORE) decision aid for young breast cancer patients in Canada. This study aims to evaluate the implementation of the BEFORE decision aid in hospital settings through a stepped wedge cluster randomized trial.

Full description

The investigators will conduct a stepped wedge cluster randomized trial to sequentially implement the BEFORE decision aid in clinical settings that are currently recruiting young breast cancer patients for the Reducing the bUrden of Breast cancer in Young women (RUBY) Study ( For this trial 24 participating RUBY sites were grouped into 14 clusters (1 to 3 sites per cluster). The decision aid intervention will be sequentially rolled out over the course of 48 weeks to all clusters. None of the clusters will be switched from control to intervention during the first 6 weeks of the study to establish a baseline. Then two clusters will move from the control to the intervention every 6 weeks (called a 'step'). There will be 7 steps total during the study period. At the end of the 7th step all clusters (i.e., participating RUBY sites) will have received the decision aid intervention. The time-point of when the clusters will be switched from control to intervention will be randomized. The data collection includes obtaining secondary data collected as part of the RUBY study from all patient participants who were enrolled in RUBY during the study period. The primary outcome is the number of patients reporting that fertility tools were recommended to them, based on RUBY participant responses to a 3-month fertility questionnaire. The investigators hypothesizes that following the implementation of the decision aid intervention a 20% difference will be observed, from 10% in the control to 30% in the intervention, in the number of patients who report that someone in their care team recommended a fertility tool.


224 estimated patients




18 to 40 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion Criteria: * Young females diagnosed with histologically-confirmed breast cancer will be eligible to participate if they: 1. are age =18 years and prior to their 41st birthday; 2. are able to provide verbal informed consent and complete the interviews in English or French; 3. completed the 3-month fertility questionnaire as part of the RUBY Study.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Health Services Research



Interventional model

Crossover Assignment


None (Open label)

224 participants in 3 patient groups

Other group
The BEFORE decision aid will be available for use on the RUBY communication portals (Twitter, Facebook and study portal) Data will be collected 6 weeks before the implementation of the BEFORE decision aid in RUBY sites to establish a baseline
Behavioral: BEFORE decision aid
BEFORE Decision Aid Intervention
Experimental group
Evaluate more intensive strategies to promote use of the BEFORE decision aid through: We will advertise the availability of the BEFORE decision aid with posters placed in clinic areas at each RUBY site, and will have small handouts available to be distributed in clinic. We will conduct an educational intervention describing and promoting the use of the BEFORE decision aid and general oncofertility information to nurses and support staff at each RUBY site. This will include an optional 1hr informational webinar, direct outreach and training of nurses/support staff on the use of the tool.
Behavioral: BEFORE decision aid
Other group
Data will be collected after the BEFORE decision aid has been implemented in each RUBY site regarding the recommendation of fertility resources, most useful/least useful tool, and use of the BEFORE decision aid.
Behavioral: BEFORE decision aid

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Brittany Speller, MSc; Nancy N Baxter, MD, FRCSC, FACS, PhD

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