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Facilitating Caring Communication for People With Cancer: The Case of Breast Cancer


N/A
30 Years
80 Years
Not Enrolling
Both
Breast Cancer

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Trial Information

Facilitating Caring Communication for People With Cancer: The Case of Breast Cancer


OBJECTIVES:

- Determine patients' health communication needs during the first 6 months of care by
interviewing patients with breast cancer (as well as their families, caregivers, and
healthcare teams) and observing interactions between patients and oncologists
throughout the trajectory of care from initial diagnosis through the initial treatment
course.

- Determine patients' health communication needs at the point of bone metastases by
interviewing patients with breast cancer (as well as their families, caregivers, and
healthcare teams) and observing interactions between patients and oncologists in the
Hematology-Oncology Clinic.

- Develop Patient Education Programs to help meet patients' health communication needs by
conveying information about essential elements of cancer care in a clear and consistent
manner, thus allowing clinicians to focus more attention on answering questions,
engaging in counseling, and responding to emotional issues.

- Create a Patient Education Program that models effective strategies for asking
questions and expressing concerns and needs for symptom control (i.e., pain, anxiety,
depression).

- Develop Patient Narrative Videos, with women identified by their providers, to provide
members of the healthcare team with a better understanding of the patient experience
and issues that arise for patients outside the formal health care setting.

- Conduct a pilot test to determine whether the Patient Education Programs affect
patients' experience of care, sense of control, and perceptions of caring
communication, as well as knowledge, satisfaction, anxiety, depression, pain, and
self-reported health.

- Determine patient and family response to Patient Narrative Videos and healthcare team
response to Patient Narrative Videos and Patient Education Programs.

OUTLINE: This is a pilot, multicenter study.

A visit between the patient and his/her oncologist and healthcare team is videorecorded.
Patients, family members, caregivers, and healthcare team members then undergo a 10-minute
interview. Patients then undergo a 5-minute follow-up interview once every 2 weeks for 6
months. Some patients may participate in a one-time group discussion.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 120 patients will be accrued for this study.

Inclusion Criteria


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

- Diagnosis of breast cancer

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

- Patients: 30 to 80 years of age

- Family members: 20 to 80 years of age

- Healthcare team members: 20 to 80 years of age

- Must be conversant in English

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

- Not specified

Type of Study:

Interventional

Study Design:

Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label

Outcome Measure:

Effect of Patient Education Programs on patient experience

Outcome Time Frame:

At baseline and at 2 month follow-up

Safety Issue:

No

Principal Investigator

Gregory Makoul, PhD

Investigator Role:

Study Chair

Investigator Affiliation:

Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center

Authority:

United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:

NU 05B4

NCT ID:

NCT00276822

Start Date:

October 2005

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Breast Cancer
  • stage I breast cancer
  • stage II breast cancer
  • stage IIIA breast cancer
  • stage IIIB breast cancer
  • stage IIIC breast cancer
  • stage IV breast cancer
  • Breast Neoplasms

Name

Location

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern UniversityChicago, Illinois  60611