Caregiver Outlook: An Intervention to Improve Caregiving in Serious Illness
The investigators propose a randomized control trial to evaluate an intervention of
end-of-life preparation and completion with veterans and their caregivers at end-of-life.
Specific aims are to 1) Evaluate the impact of the caregiver Outlook intervention on
caregiver anxiety, depression, anticipatory grief, completion, and burden; 2) Evaluate the
impact of the home versus in hospital, emergency department, or nursing facility; 3)
Evaluate the impact of the intervention session's qualitative content, examining variation
associated with selected demographic variables, quality of family communication, and stage
of illness on change.
Caregivers in the first group ("treatment") will meet with a facilitator three times for a
period of forty-five minutes each. In the first session, subjects will be asked to discuss
issues related to relationship life review. In session two, participants will be asked to
speak in more depth about issues such as regret and forgiveness. In the final session,
subjects will focus on legacy and celebration. Caregivers in the second group ("attention
control") will meet with a facilitator three times for a period of forty-five minutes each
and be asked to listen to a non-guided relaxation CD.
Participants in both groups will receive pre and post-test measures administered by a
blinded interviewer. Outcome measures will be measures by the FACT-G, Quality of life scale,
FACIT-sp sub-scale, Anticipatory Grief Scale, Caregiver Reaction Assessment, the Qual-E
completion and preparation sub-scales, and patient days at home.
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
POMS anxiety sub-scale
change in anxiety 5, 7, 15 weeks post-baseline
Karen E. Steinhauser, PhD
Durham VA Medical Center HSR&D COE
United States: Federal Government
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