Multimedia Training for Family Caregivers in Use of Touch and Massage in Supportive Cancer Care
RATIONALE: A multimedia education program for family caregivers that teaches simple methods of touch and massage for the comfort of cancer patients at home may be effective in lowering stress, reducing symptoms, and improving quality of life for patients; and may improve caregiver satisfaction and self-efficacy.
PURPOSE: This randomized phase II trial is studying how well multimedia instruction of caregivers in use of touch and massage works for cancer patients and their care partners.
|Cancer||Behavioral: Attention control (reading) Behavioral: Touch, Caring and Cancer DVD program||Phase 2|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||Couples and Cancer: Building Partner Efficacy in Caring|
- Acute effects of massage on patient symptoms as assessed by the weekly Study Report card
- Longitudinal effects of massage on patient symptoms as assessed by the weekly Study Report card
- Frequency and duration of care partner providing the assigned form of support as assessed by the weekly Study Report card
- Care partner esteem as assessed by a 7-item esteem subscale of the Caregiver Reaction Assessment at baseline and then at 12 and 24 weeks
- Patient physiological stress measures as assessed by measuring diurnal variation in cortisol and DHEA at baseline and then at 12 and 24 weeks
- Patient and care partner perceived stress as assessed by the Perceived Stress Scale at baseline and then at 12 and 24 weeks
- Patient functional quality of life as assessed by FACT-G at baseline and then at 12 and 24 weeks
- Care partner self-efficacy and concerns about using touch as support as assessed by an investigator-generated survey at baseline and then at 12 and 24 weeks
- Care partner utilization of multimedia materials as assessed by the weekly Study Report card
|Study Start Date:||March 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||September 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: Attention control (reading)
Caregivers read to patients from literature of the patient's choice for recommended 20 minutes at least 3 times per week for 4 weeks.
Behavioral: Attention control (reading)
Caregivers read to the patient from literature of the patient's choice for recommended 20 minutes at least 3 times per week for 4 weeks
Experimental: Touch, Caring and Cancer DVD program
Caregivers apply the instruction of the Touch, Caring and Cancer DVD program for patients for recommended 20 minutes at least 3 times per week for 4 weeks.
Behavioral: Touch, Caring and Cancer DVD program
DVD- and manual-based instruction for caregivers and patients in the use of touch and massage techniques as supportive care in cancer, including: preparation for a session, safety precautions related to cancer and its treatments, communication about touch, centering to calm the mind; manual techniques for the head, neck, shoulders, back, feet and hands to promote relaxation; and acupressure for pain, nausea and anxiety.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00632398
|United States, Maine|
|Collinge and Associates|
|Kittery, Maine, United States, 03904|
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02111|
|Latin American Health Institute|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02116|
|Principal Investigator:||William Collinge, PhD, MPH||Collinge and Associates, Inc.|