Study of Massage Therapy Within a Brain Tumor Setting
The purpose of this study is
- to assess the feasibility and acceptability of massage therapyto examine the effects of massage therapy
- to explore whether psychological outcomes are associated with changes in patient reported QoL.
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Feasibility Study of Massage Therapy Within a Brain Tumor Setting|
- To assess the feasibility and acceptability of massage therapy provided to primary brain tumor patients. This assessment will integrate data about patient eligibility rates, patient participation rates, patient adherence rates, and adverse events. [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- To examine the effects of massage therapy on psychological outcomes related to stress, distress, anxiety, and depression in this population and to explore whether psychological outcomes are associated with changes in patient reported QoL. [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||September 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
A prospective, single-arm intervention study, potential participants will be identified and screened for eligibility via medical record review of patient scheduled for their post surgical primary adjuvant treatment consultation at DUMC.
Behavioral: Massage Therapy
The setting for massage intervention will take place at The Duke Center for Living (DCL). . The massage therapists at the DCL work closely with physicians to design appropriate interventions for patients who are receiving treatment at DUMC, including cancer patients. All DCL therapists have completed more than 600 hours of training, are nationally certified and hold a North Carolina license to practice massage. These types include Swedish, deep muscle, myofascial release, trigger point, acupressure, Bowen Technique, sports massage and chair massage.
Other Name: massage therapy
As a part of this study, we will provide massage therapy to brain tumor patients. Our contribution here is expected to determine whether massage therapy is safe and helps to improve patient QoL. This contribution is significant because it is expected to provide pilot data on effect sizes so that we may design an adequately powered study to develop massage therapy programs and interventions for patients with brain tumors. In addition to benefiting brain tumor patients, the information from this study may be applied to improving the QoL of other cancer patients.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00873184
|United States, North Carolina|
|Duke University Medical Center|
|Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710|
|Principal Investigator:||Stephen Keir, Dr.Ph,MPH||Duke University|