Caregiver Assessments of the Quality of Home Hospice Care

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00895024
First received: May 5, 2009
Last updated: July 14, 2014
Last verified: July 2014
  Purpose

The Objectives are to administer the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care (FEHC) questionnaire and The Texas Revised Inventory of Grief (TRIG) to caregivers previously enrolled into the parent grant and conduct supplemental analyses to:

  1. examine cross-ethnic differences in the caregivers' quality of hospice care assessments.
  2. investigate the association between parenteral hydration status of the patient and the quality of care assessments provided by the caregivers after death.
  3. examine the association between levels of grief (as measured by the TRIG) and the quality of hospice care assessments provided by the caregiver.

Condition Intervention
Advanced Cancer
Behavioral: Phone Interview/Questionnaire

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Caregiver Assessments of the Quality of Home Hospice Care: A Comparison Across 3 Ethnic Groups (A Preliminary Study)

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Survey assessment of cross-ethnic differences in caregivers' quality of hospice care [ Time Frame: 3-23 Months After Hospice Care ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 128
Study Start Date: April 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Caregivers Behavioral: Phone Interview/Questionnaire
35-minute questionnaire over the phone.
Other Name: Survey

Detailed Description:

After the death of their loved-ones, caregivers will be asked to report on the care received by their care recipient and the quality of practical and emotional care provided to them by hospice by completing the 25-minute FEHC questionnaire over the phone. Caregivers will also be asked 16 additional questions to assess their attitudes and beliefs about hydration at the end of life, and a brief questionnaire to assess past and current levels of grief (TRIG). The additional questions on hydration and grief can easily be completed in less than 10 minutes over the phone. The entire interview should take no more than 35 minutes to complete.

Bereaved caregivers who have participated in the parent grant and have lost their loved one within 3-23 months will be mailed a letter from Drs. Bruera and Torres inviting them to participate in the voluntary supplemental after-death survey. The letter will include a brief description of the research study and appropriate contact information for the caregiver to call if she/he is interested in participating. The letters then will be followed up by a phone call from Dr. Torres to verify receipt of the letter. If the caregivers express their interest in participating in the study, they will be asked a few screening questions over the phone to verify their eligibility. Once found eligible for the study, a telephone verbal consent will be obtained.

Dr. Isabel Torres will conduct the phone interviews with 128 primary caregivers who had previously completed the parent grant protocol.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Bereaved family caregivers who completed their participation in the UT MDACC parent protocol (2006-0494) and have lost their loved one within 3-23 months. Caregivers who participated in the parent grant met the inclusion/exclusion criteria of the parent grant.

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Bereaved family caregivers who completed their participation in the parent protocol (2006-0494) and have lost their loved one within 3-23 months.
  2. Caregivers who participated in the parent grant met the inclusion/exclusion criteria of the parent grant.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Bereaved family caregivers who did not complete their participation in the parent protocol or any other caregiver who was never enrolled in the parent protocol (2006-0494).
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00895024

Locations
United States, Texas
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Isabel Torres, MPH, DRPH UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00895024     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2009-0031
Study First Received: May 5, 2009
Last Updated: July 14, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Caregiver
Questionnaire
Home Hospice Care
Family Evaluation of Hospice Care
FEHC
The Texas Revised Inventory of Grief
TRIG
Cross-ethnic differences
Parenteral Hydration
Grief

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 29, 2014