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Outlook: An Intervention to Improve Quality of Life in Serious Illness


N/A
18 Years
N/A
Not Enrolling
Both
Cancer, Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Trial Information

Outlook: An Intervention to Improve Quality of Life in Serious Illness


This is a pilot randomized control trial to evaluate the feasibility of the Outlook
intervention. 36 veterans with advanced cancer, CHF or COPD will be randomly assigned to one
of three intervention groups and complete a brief battery of pre-test measures. Subjects in
the first group ("treatment") will meet with a facilitator three times for a period of 45
min-1 hour. In the first session, subjects will be asked to discuss issues related to life
review. In the second session, participants will be asked to speak in more depth about
issues such as regret, forgiveness and things left undone, In the final session, subjects
will focus on heritage and legacy. The subjects in the second group ("attention control")
will meet with a facilitator three times for a period of 45 min- 1 hour and listen to a
non-guided relaxation CD. The third group of participants ("true control") will be exposed
to no intervention or attention control. One week and two weeks later, participants in all
groups will receive post-test measures administered by a blinded interviewer.


Inclusion Criteria:



Patients with advanced cancer, CHF or COPD.

Exclusion Criteria:

Cognitive impairment, inability to speak, non-English speaking

Type of Study:

Interventional

Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label

Outcome Measure:

Quality of life

Outcome Time Frame:

8 weeks

Safety Issue:

No

Principal Investigator

Karen E. Steinhauser, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Durham VA Medical Center HSR&D COE

Authority:

United States: Federal Government

Study ID:

IAD 07-162

NCT ID:

NCT00784095

Start Date:

December 2008

Completion Date:

May 2009

Related Keywords:

  • Cancer
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • quality of life
  • Heart Failure
  • Lung Diseases
  • Respiration Disorders
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive

Name

Location

Durham VA Medical Center HSR&D COEDurham, North Carolina  27705