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Family Home Care for Cancer - A Community-Based Model

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Family Home Care for Cancer - A Community-Based Model

GOAL: The primary goal of this research is to test a symptom management intervention,
delivered by nurses with special training, using a stepped-care approach targeted toward
pain and fatigue, followed by fifteen other prevalent cancer symptoms. Second goals are to
improve physical and social functioning, lower emotional distress, and improve communication
with family caregiver in symptom management, and assist them to reduce their levels of
depression and burden. This research is funded through a grant from the National Cancer
Institutes, and builds upon the Family Care Research Team's program of supportive
cancer-care research.

OUTCOMES: This study tests a stepped-approach intervention to determine if it improves
symptom outcomes, especially pain and fatigue. Secondary outcomes addressed by the
intervention are physical role impact, social functioning, and emotional distress. These
outcomes can have significant impact on patients and family caregivers' well-being as
patients undergo chemotherapy. The shorter, more intense intervention corresponds to changes
int he clinical management of cancer patient with more intense, shorter chemotherapy
treatments; therefore, this intervention will be more easily translatable to the clinical

Inclusion Criteria:

- 21 years of age or older

- solid tumor cancer diagnosis

- receiving chemotherapy treatment

- advanced cancer

- family caregiver

Exclusion Criteria

- Emotional or psychology disorder for which patient is receiving treatment

- does not speak English

- does not have access to a telephone

- difficulty hearing on the telephone

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Outcome Measure:

Primary patient outcome

Outcome Description:

Lower reported severity of symptoms

Principal Investigator

Barbara A. Given, PhD, RN, FAAN

Investigator Role:

Study Chair

Investigator Affiliation:

Breslin Cancer Center at Ingham Regional Medical Center


United States: Federal Government

Study ID:




Start Date:

March 2003

Completion Date:

October 2006

Related Keywords:

  • Carcinoma
  • symptom management
  • cancer
  • chemotherapy treatment
  • Behavioral Research
  • Physiological Effects of Drugs
  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Carcinoma



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