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A Randomized Study Evaluating the Process and Outcomes of the Pain and Palliative Care Team Intervention


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Trial Information

A Randomized Study Evaluating the Process and Outcomes of the Pain and Palliative Care Team Intervention


Pain is multidimensional. It is more than simply a physiologic or sensory response. Pain
management programs are best developed by selecting interventions based on the individual's
pain experience. Strategies with several mechanisms of action that complement each other
might be selected to work together, thereby maximizing pain relief. The goal of palliative
care is to achieve the highest possible quality of life for patients and their families
through symptom control and attention to the whole patient, where physical, psychosocial,
emotional, and spiritual dimensions are addressed. Provision of relief from pain and
distressing symptoms is best served by a specialized interdisciplinary team with a
comprehensive approach. The continuity of care for the patient and family is supported by
communication and a strong partnership with the primary biomedical research team and the
palliative care team.

Despite a number of descriptive studies exploring the effectiveness of specialized pain and
palliative care teams, the paucity of good evaluations, with any comparative design,
urgently needs to be addressed. This is a randomized, repeated measures, evaluation study to
explore the effectiveness of the inpatient Pain and Palliative Care Service intervention.
The data collected during this study will not only include outcomes of the intervention, but
also patient and family perceptions of the care delivery process including issues
surrounding communication with health care providers. Patients with advanced malignancies
who are currently participating in NCI Surgery Branch protocols will be asked to participate
in a pain and symptoms management evaluation study. Each patient and a designated family
member will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires over time exploring physical,
psychosocial and emotional correlates of pain and symptom management. Data will be analyzed
using multivariate statistics.

Inclusion Criteria


INCLUSION CRITERIA:

Patients with advanced malignancies who are currently undergoing major surgical procedures
in NCI Surgery Branch will be recruited to participate in a pain and symptoms management
evaluation study.

Inclusion criteria are stated in the parent protocols.

Although each patient will be asked to identify a family member/significant other to
participate in the study, patients will be eligible for inclusion regardless of whether
they identify a family member for participation in the family questionnaires.

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

All exclusions are stated in the NCI Surgery Branch parent protocols.

Type of Study:

Observational

Study Design:

N/A

Authority:

United States: Federal Government

Study ID:

020053

NCT ID:

NCT00028249

Start Date:

December 2001

Completion Date:

December 2005

Related Keywords:

  • Pain
  • Neoplasm
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Self Efficacy
  • Social Support
  • Symptom Management
  • Advanced Malignancies
  • Pain Intervention
  • Neoplasms

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Location

National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)Bethesda, Maryland  20892