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Emotional Expression and Cancer Caregivers


N/A
21 Years
N/A
Not Enrolling
Both
Cancer, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

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Trial Information

Emotional Expression and Cancer Caregivers


This project focuses on spousal caregivers (CGs) of hematopoietic stem cell transplant
survivors - persons known to report elevated levels of distress as compared to both norms
and their patient counterparts. Specific Aims are to: (1) Determine, via experimental
manipulation, whether or not CGs of hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients engage in
protective buffering, a coping mechanism whereby partners shield patients from
illness-related concerns or worries, (2) Examine synchrony or lack thereof, desynchrony,
among subjective, expressive and biologic indicators of emotion among spousal CGs, and (3)
Test the feasibility and implementation of an emotional expression (EE) exercise designed to
enhance psychological and immune functioning among spousal CGs.


Inclusion Criteria:



- patients and partners at least 21 years of age

- patients and partners English speaking

- patients about to receive a hematopoietic stem cell transplant

- patients married or in a committed, cohabiting, heterosexual or homosexual
relationship

- caregivers in a married or committed, cohabiting, heterosexual or homosexual
relationship with the patient

- caregivers present at the transplant site and planning to remain so for at least one
month

Exclusion Criteria:

- patient major psychiatric disorder

- caregiver presence or history of a neurologic disorder

Type of Study:

Interventional

Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Basic Science

Outcome Measure:

Self-reported mental and physical health as measured by the Short Form-36 Health Survey

Outcome Time Frame:

baseline, 1-month follow-up, and 4-month follow-up

Safety Issue:

No

Principal Investigator

Shelby Langer, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

FHCRC/UW Cancer Consortium

Authority:

United States: Federal Government

Study ID:

2076.00

NCT ID:

NCT01061801

Start Date:

August 2006

Completion Date:

July 2009

Related Keywords:

  • Cancer
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • caregivers
  • cancer
  • emotion
  • protective buffering

Name

Location

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterSeattle, Washington  98109