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Palliative Care for Quality of Life and Symptom Concerns in Family Caregivers of Lung Cancer Patients


N/A
18 Years
N/A
Open (Enrolling by invite only)
Both
Lung Cancer

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Trial Information

Palliative Care for Quality of Life and Symptom Concerns in Family Caregivers of Lung Cancer Patients


OBJECTIVES:

I. Test the effects of a family caregiver palliative care intervention (FCPCI) for informal
caregivers of patients with early and late stage lung cancer on caregiver burden and
caregiver skills preparedness as compared to a group of family caregivers (FC) in a usual
care situation.

II. Test the effects of a FCPCI for informal caregivers of patients with early and late
stage lung cancer on FC in a usual care situation.

III. Describe early and late stage FC self care behavior, comparing the usual care and FCPCI
groups.

IV. Describe resource use by early and late stage FC comparing the usual care and FCPCI
groups. V. Identify subgroups of FC who benefit most from the FCPCI in relation to
sociodemographic characteristics, clinical/functional factors.

V. Identify subgroups of FC who benefit most from the FCPCI in relation to sociodemographic
characteristics, clinical/functional factors.

OUTLINE: Family caregivers (FC) are assigned to 1 of 2 groups.

GROUP I: FC complete questionnaires at baseline and at 7, 12, 18, and 24 weeks to assess
caregiver burden, caregiver skills preparedness, quality of life, distress, self care, and
resource use.

GROUP II: FC undergo 4 individualized teaching sessions in weeks 7, 8, 10, and 12 that focus
on caregiver burden; caregiver skills preparedness; management of patient psychological
symptoms; management of FC distress; social and spiritual needs of the patient and FC; the
continuing role of the FC in caring for the patient; and development of a personalized
wellness plan. FC then receive 3 follow-up phone calls in weeks 16, 20, and 24 to review any
questions regarding care; to assess symptom management, community resources, and support;
and to review and support the wellness plan. FC also complete questionnaires as in group I.

After completion of the educational intervention, a sample of FC undergo 1-hour educational
interviews exploring their perspective and insights on their experience as a caregiver.


Inclusion Criteria:



- The primary family caregiver as identified by a patient with early or late stage
non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) participating in Project 1 and 2

- Patients having been accrued to project 1 or project 2

Type of Study:

Interventional

Study Design:

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Outcome Measure:

Caregiver burden

Outcome Time Frame:

24 weeks post study enrollment

Safety Issue:

No

Principal Investigator

Betty Ferrell, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Beckman Research Institute

Authority:

United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:

08036

NCT ID:

NCT00827333

Start Date:

October 2008

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Lung Cancer
  • recurrent non-small cell lung cancer
  • stage I non-small cell lung cancer
  • stage II non-small cell lung cancer
  • stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer
  • stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
  • stage IV non-small cell lung cancer
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
  • Lung Neoplasms

Name

Location

City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer CenterDuarte, California  91010