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Nursing Intervention for Family Caregivers of HCT Patients

21 Years
Not Enrolling
Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Fatigue

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Trial Information

Nursing Intervention for Family Caregivers of HCT Patients


I. Test the effects of an advanced practice nursing (APN) intervention for family caregivers
(FCs) of hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) patients in the experimental group on FC
quality of life, psychological distress, caregiver burden, caregiver skills preparedness as
compared to FCs in the control group.

II. Describe self-care behaviors for FCs of HCT patients and compare them between the
experimental and control groups.

III. Describe resource use by FCs comparing the experimental and control groups.

IV. Identify subgroups of FCs who benefit most from the family caregiver intervention (FCI)
in relation to sociodemographic characteristics, caregiver health status, and patient


I. Describe family caregivers' satisfaction with the FCI.

OUTLINE: FCs are randomized to 1 of 2 groups.

GROUP I: FCs receive 4 sessions of an APN FCI beginning during the admission for transplant
and continuing for up to 100 days after transplant.

GROUP II: FCs receive standard supportive care.

After completion of study, FCs are followed up at 3, 6, and 12 months.

Inclusion Criteria:

- The primary family caregiver as identified by a hematologic cancer patient who is
scheduled for a single allogeneic bone marrow or stem cell transplant; the definition
of a family caregiver for the purposes of this proposal refers to either a family
member or friend that is identified by the patient as being the primary caregiver

- Living within a 50 mile radius of City of Hope

Exclusion Criteria:

- Caregivers who are unable to read English or Spanish consent forms

- Caregivers who live more than 50 miles from City of Hope

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Outcome Measure:

Test the effects of an advanced practice nursing (APN) intervention for family caregivers (FCs) in the experimental group using questionnaires measuring quality of life and psychological distress as compared to the FCs in the control group.

Outcome Time Frame:

12 months after discharge

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Marcia Grant, RN, DNSC

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

City of Hope Medical Center


United States: Federal Government

Study ID:




Start Date:

May 2012

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Fatigue