Comparing Options for Management: Patient-Centered Results for Uterine Fibroids (COMPARE-UF)

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COMPARE-UF small logoUterine Fibroids affect ¾ women, and disproportionately affect African-American women, but not much is known about what causes fibroids or the best way to manage fibroids.

COMPARE-UF is a study to determine the effectiveness of different surgical and medical management options for uterine fibroids in women across the lifespan (ages 18-54).

PURPOSE

The objective of the COMPARE-UF study is to determine the effectiveness of different surgical and medical management options for uterine fibroids in women across the lifespan (ages 18-54). To help achieve this objective, a multi-center (9 US centers) registry of geographically, racially, ethnically, and clinically diverse group of women with uterine fibroids will be conducted. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of these 9 clinical sites participating in this landmark study. Our goal is to reach women throughout the state of North Carolina that have been affected by uterine fibroids.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The UNC study is led by principal investigator Wanda Nicholson.  Aditi Sundaresan, a COMPARE-UF Research Assistant, has been focusing on recruitment of participants in the study.  “After spending hours and hours on the phone with these women and surveying them about their feelings and experiences surrounding fibroids, it’s so clear that this is a major problem and truly affects a woman’s quality of life,” Sundaresen said.

The study is purely observational and will collect information from women before and after treatment about how the treatment affected their uterine fibroid symptoms. This information will be compared nationally, used to provide answers to women’s questions about treatment options, and lead to improved care for patients with uterine fibroids now and in the future.

This study will not involve medication of any kind nor interfere with decisions made between patients and their providers.

Study participants can receive monetary compensation!  Eligible participants:

– Have a recent diagnosis of uterine fibroids by a healthcare provider

– Are between 18 to 54 years of age, and

– Are willing to be contacted once a year up to 3 years

FUNDING

Subcontract to Duke University; funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

KEY CONTACTS

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact:

La-Shell Johnson, UNC Project Manager
Email: lturnbul@email.unc.edu; Phone: 919.843.1479 or

Wanda Nicholson, Principal Investigator
Phone: 919.843.6611

LINKS

http://compare-uf.org/