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Support Needs and Preferences of Family Caregivers of Lung Cancer Patients

18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Lung Cancer

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Trial Information

Support Needs and Preferences of Family Caregivers of Lung Cancer Patients

Inclusion Criteria:

- Primary family caregiver identified by a patient who is approximately within 4 to 6
weeks of a new visit to a thoracic clinic and receiving cancer care at Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center or Queens Cancer Center

- Caregiver is at least 18 years of age.

- Caregiver has adequate English fluency for completion of data collection. The surveys
were designed and validated in English and are not currently available in other
languages. Translation of questionnaires into other languages would require
reestablishing the reliability and validity of these measures. Therefore,
participants must be able to communicate in English to complete the surveys.

- Clinically meaningful distress defined as a score of 8 or greater on the Anxiety or
Depression subscale of the HADS (see Bjelland et al., 2002; Zigmond & Snaith, 1983).

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patients or caregivers exhibiting significant psychiatric or cognitive impairment
(dementia/delirium, retardation, active psychosis) that in the judgment of the
investigators would preclude providing informed consent and study participation

- Patient has lung cancer recurrence

- Currently participating in a psychosocial intervention trial

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

Assess psychosocial info & practical needs of prim family caregivers of lung cancer pts.Mental health (anxiety & depression)& behavioral health needs(smoking cessation,alcohol abuse)will be assessed b/c these 2 types of needs are strongly correlate

Outcome Time Frame:

13 to 16 weeks

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Jamie Ostroff, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

August 2009

Completion Date:

August 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Quality of Life
  • Questionnaires
  • Interviews
  • family members
  • care givers
  • 09-104
  • Lung Neoplasms



Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew York, New York  10021
Queens Cancer Center of Queens HospitalJamaica, New York  11432