Patient and Family Decision Making and Information Disclosure Preferences in the Palliative Care Setting: a Multi-Center Survey in Chile, Guatemala, and U.S.
People from different cultures may have different preferences in the way decisions about
their healthcare are made, as well as how much information they may want to know about the
diseases they may have. However, patients and families sometimes disagree about these
preferences. In this study, researchers want to learn about any differences in healthcare
decision-making and information-sharing preferences between patients and their families,
among a group of people from different Hispanic backgrounds.
(Please note that the phrase "family member" has been used in this consent form for short,
but the definition includes non-family members that you may consider a "significant other").
Participants in this study must also agree to give the name of a family member (a parent,
spouse, adult child, sibling, other family member, or a non-family member that you consider
a "significant other") that researchers can ask to participate in a separate part of this
study that will require signing a separate consent form. (If the person of your choice is
not with you at the time of joining the study, he/she may come back to the clinic at your
next follow-up visit.)
If the family member agrees, he/she will complete a similar series of questionnaires about
his/her preferences in decisions about your healthcare, what information he/she might want
you to know about the disease, and what information he/she might want to know about the
disease him/herself. Like you, he/she will also be asked how decisions about your
healthcare have been made, his/her satisfaction with those decisions and your healthcare,
and his/her sense of connection with what he/she defines to be the overall Hispanic culture.
He/she will also complete a similar interview on general information (such as marital
status and educational level).
If you agree to take part in this study and you have given the name of a family member, you
will be interviewed to ask for general information about yourself ("demographic" information
such as marital status and educational level).
After that, you will complete a series of questionnaires that ask about your preferences in
decisions about your healthcare and what information you may want to know about the disease,
how decisions about your healthcare have been made, your satisfaction with those decisions
and your healthcare, and your sense of connection with what you define to be the overall
It should take about 5-10 minutes for the interview and another 20-30 minutes to complete
Your interview and questionnaire responses will not be shared with your regular doctor. If
you feel you need a doctor's opinion about anything that is asked about in the interview
and/or questionnaires, please contact your doctor.
Family Member's Participation:
Your family member would complete the questionnaires separately and be interviewed
separately from you. You may ask as many additional family members as needed, until one
agrees. However, if the family member is scheduled for his/her study visit but does not end
up completing the study procedures (interview and questionnaires), your interview and
questionnaire data will be destroyed without being used in this study.
Your interview and questionnaire responses will only be used for this research study, and
will not be shared with your family member.
Length of Study Participation:
After completing the interview and questionnaires, your participation in this study will be
This is an investigational study. In total, up to 900 patients and family members will take
part in this multicenter study. Up to 300 will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label
Differences in Proportions of Preference for Passive Decision Making
Eduardo Bruera, MD
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
United States: Institutional Review Board
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