A Preliminary Study of Spirituality/Religiosity, Symptom Distress and Quality of Life Among Palliative Care Patients and Their Primary Caregivers
If you are found to be eligible to take part in this study and you agree to take part, you
will complete 9 questionnaires.
The first 2 questionnaires ask about your demographic information (such as your education
level and age) and the symptoms of cancer you may be experiencing.
The 6 other questionnaires ask questions about several subjects. You will be asked about
your religious/spiritual beliefs, such as your way of coping with cancer and whether you
have focused on religion/spirituality or other strategies in order to stop worrying. You
will also be asked whether you feel religious/spiritual beliefs are important in your
everyday life, how hopeful you may feel, and the level of spiritual pain you may feel.
(Some people experience spiritual pain as a deep pain in the "soul" or "being" that is not
The last questionnaire asks about any symptoms of anxiety or depression you may feel. In
total, these questionnaires should take about 40 minutes to complete.
Length of Study Participation:
After completing the questionnaires, your participation in this study will be over.
This is an investigational study. Up to 100 patients and 100 caregivers will take part in
this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.
Observational Model: Case Control, Time Perspective: Prospective
Association between self-rated spirituality/religiosity and coping strategies
Questionnaires completed by patient/caregiver at second consult visit, estimate 40 minutes to finish forms.
Eduardo Bruera, MD
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
United States: Institutional Review Board
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