Older Cancer Caregiver Needs Post Hospital Discharge

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified March 2014 by Duke University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: March 26, 2014
Last updated: June 11, 2014
Last verified: March 2014

The goals of the study are to investigate the needs of older caregivers caring for adults with cancer at 1-week and 2 weeks following hospital discharge and to explore strategies that may assist caregivers in their home caregiving needs. The study will enroll cancer patients and their older caregivers admitted to 9100 and 9300, which are the hematological and non-hematological malignancy units at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) respectively. Findings derived from this study will inform the development of interventions for better discharge preparation of caregivers for home caregiving. Additionally, the study has the potential to reduce non-emergent use of acute healthcare services through caregiver support and education.

Cancer Caregivers of Older Adults

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Needs of Older Caregivers of Adults With Cancer In the First 2 Weeks Following Hospital Discharge

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Further study details as provided by Duke University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Unmet cancer caregiver needs [ Time Frame: 1 week after patient discharge from hospital ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Describe needs of caregivers caring for an older adult with cancer at home during the first week of hospital discharge, as measured by coded interview.

  • Caregiver strategies assisting in caregiving role [ Time Frame: 1 week after patient discharge from hospital ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Explore from caregivers strategies that may assist them in their caregiving during the first week of hospital discharge (including, but not limited to, managing patient symptoms), as measured by coded interview.

  • Caregiver decision making in seeking assistance for cancer patient [ Time Frame: 1 week after patient discharge from hospital ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Describe the process used by caregivers in deciding when to seek assistance for care of their loved ones once discharged from the hospital, as measured by coded interview.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Challenges or successes in caring for loved one since first interview [ Time Frame: 2 weeks after patient discharge from the hospital ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    At 2 weeks a second qualitative interview will be conducted with the cancer caregivers. The purpose of this interview is to clarify any statements made in the first interview, and identify any additional challenges faced in caregiving, or any aspects of caregiving that have become easier for the caregiver. This will be measured by the coding in the interviews.

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: June 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Baseline demographic data about the caregiver and patient will be collected at patient beside prior to hospital discharge. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with the cancer caregivers in their home at 1-week after their loved one was discharged from the hospital, and at 2-weeks after discharge from the hospital. This is a qualitative study that will utilize a qualitative descriptive design.


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

Subjects include 30 informal caregivers and cancer patients dyads. Patients have been admitted to either the hematological malignancy unit, or the non-hematological malignancy unit for treatment of cancer, or treatment-related/cancer-related complications.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Caregiver must speak English
  • Caregiver must be at least 50 years of age
  • Patients must be 18 years of age or older
  • Patients must have been admitted to either the 9100 or 9300 oncology unit for treatment of cancer, or treatment-related/cancer-related complications
  • Patients must be discharged home to participate in the study
  • Dyads must live within a 30-mile radius of Duke University Medical Center (but do not need to co-reside)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Dyads who received hospice referral prior to the care recipient's discharge
  • Patient must not have any diagnosis of dementia in their medical records, or any cognitive impairment as assessed by hospital providers (physicians and nurses)
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02099526

Contact: Abby Schwartz, Ph.D. (919) 613-9765 abby.schwartz@duke.edu

United States, North Carolina
Duke University Medical Center Recruiting
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
Principal Investigator: Cristina Hendrix, DNS Duke University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Duke University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02099526     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00051203
Study First Received: March 26, 2014
Last Updated: June 11, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Duke University:
care give
older adults
unmet needs
cancer symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on September 22, 2014