Nurse-Provided Care or Standard Care in Treating Patients With Pancreatic Cancer
RATIONALE: Meeting with a nurse to assess symptoms and quality of life may be more effective than standard care in treating patients with pancreatic cancer.
PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying nurse-provided care to see how well it works compared with standard care in treating patients with pancreatic cancer.
Nausea and Vomiting
Other: medical chart review
Other: questionnaire administration
Procedure: fatigue assessment and management
Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care
Procedure: quality-of-life assessment
|Study Design:||Primary Purpose: Health Services Research|
|Official Title:||A Standardized Nursing Intervention Protocol for Pancreatic Cancer as a Chronic Illness|
- Quality of life, psychological distress, symptom relief, geriatric assessment outcome, and resource use at 3 months [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Long-term impact at 6 months [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||July 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
- To test the effects of an advanced practice nurse (APN) standardized nursing-intervention protocol (SNIP) model vs usual care on overall quality of life (QOL) and psychological distress from initial treatment to 6 months post diagnosis for patients with pancreatic cancer.
- To compare symptom control in these patients.
- To compare geriatric assessment outcomes in these patients.
- To test the effects of the SNIP intervention as compared to the usual care group on resource use by these patients.
- To test the effects of SNIP on patients' and clinicians' satisfaction with care.
- To describe the effects of SNIP on patients' management of transitions from one phase of chronic illness to another.
- To identify subgroups of these patients who benefit most from the SNIP in relation to sociodemographic characteristics, disease/treatment factors, and geriatric assessment predictors.
- To obtain feedback from clinicians regarding interpretation of findings and application to the routine care of pancreatic cancer patients.
OUTLINE: Patients are sequentially enrolled to 1 of 2 groups. Group 1 is enrolled during months 4-21 and group 2 during months 25-54.
- Group 1 (usual care): Patient questionnaires are administered at baseline and at 3 and 6 months. The clinicians' satisfaction with care is also evaluated.
- Group 2 (advanced practice nurse [APN] intervention): Patients are accrued by an APN. Patients meet with the APN periodically to assess their physical well-being including ambulatory care needed, care of physical symptoms (i.e., pain, fatigue, nausea and vomiting), and psychological well-being. Questionnaires are administered at baseline and at 3 and 6 months.
In both groups, questionnaires include the FACT-Hep, Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale, Psychological Distress Thermometer, Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, and Patient Satisfaction with Intervention. Clinicians also complete questionnaires. Patients' medical charts are also reviewed.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00902733
|United States, California|
|City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center|
|Duarte, California, United States, 91010-3000|
|Principal Investigator:||Marcia Grant, RN, DNSc, FAAN||City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center|