Brain Tumor Patient-Caregiver Congruence, MD Anderson Symptom Inventory-Brain Tumor Module (MDASI-BT)
The goal of this study is to compare patient ratings of how severe their own symptoms may be, with their caregivers' ratings of how severe they think the patients' symptoms may be. This will be compared using a questionnaire that is given to patients with brain tumors and their caregivers.
Researchers will also study any effects that these patients' neurocognitive function may have on these patients' and their caregivers' ratings of how severe the brain cancer symptoms may be.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Primary Brain Tumor Patient and Caregiver Congruence in Symptom Report Using the M.D. Anderson Symptom Inventory-Brain Tumor Module (MDASI-BT)|
- Mean Caregiver Ratings of Symptom Severity (using the mean of all the items from the MDASI-BT) in Patient-Caregiver Dyads [ Time Frame: Participant involvment is 10 minutes to complete MDASI-BT questionnaire ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||May 2008|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||May 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
MD Anderson Symptom Inventory-Brain Tumor (MDASI-BT) questionnaire given to patients with a primary brain tumor and their caregivers.
Two questionnaires taking about 10 minutes to complete.
Other Name: Survey
If you and your caregiver agree to take part in this study, you will both complete 2 questionnaires. You will be in separate rooms when you complete the questionnaires.
The first questionnaire is a demographic questionnaire that asks basic questions such as your age and employment status.
Your second questionnaire asks about any brain cancer symptoms that you may be experiencing, and asks you to rate how severe they may be.
Your caregiver's second questionnaire asks the same questions as yours. It asks the caregiver to rate how severe he or she believes your symptoms may be.
In total, the questionnaires should take about 10 minutes to complete.
The study staff will review the questionnaire responses right away. If you rate any symptom as severe as 7 or higher, the study staff will tell you to contact your doctor who is treating the cancer. The study staff will also contact your doctor who is treating the cancer. Otherwise, your questionnaire responses will only be used for research and there are no plans to contact your doctor.
Length of Study Participation:
After you and your caregiver complete the questionnaires this one time, your and your caregivers' active participation in this study will be over.
The study chair will also collect information from your medical record. This information will include your medical history and the results of the neurocognitive testing (routine tests of "thinking" skills such as your memory and concentration).
This is an investigational study. Up to 120 patients and 120 caregivers will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.
|United States, Texas|
|UT MD Anderson Cancer Center|
|Houston, Texas, United States, 77030|
|Principal Investigator:||Mark R. Gilbert, MD||M.D. Anderson Cancer Center|