Cancer, Vulnerability, and Financial Quality of Life: A Mixed Methods Study

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Christine Callahan, PhD, LCSW-C, Georgetown University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01169545
First received: July 22, 2010
Last updated: May 14, 2015
Last verified: May 2015
  Purpose
The primary purpose of this study is to examine how vulnerabilities in psychological and social situations affect financial quality of life.

Condition
Cancer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Cancer, Vulnerability, and Financial Quality of Life: A Mixed Methods Study

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Further study details as provided by Georgetown University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Identification of Potential Vulnerabilities [ Time Frame: May 2010 to October 2012 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To examine how vulnerabilities in psychological and social situations affect financial quality of life. The dependent variable in this study is financial quality of life, defined as the ability to manage all current and future (including unexpected) financial obligations related to cancer care, within the context of sound health-care decision-making. Under the theoretical framework used, the first three independent variables selected under the predisposing domain are housing instability, personal control within the larger context of health locus of control, and demographics. Under the enabling domain, the next variables measured are income and financial stress, presence of health insurance and health insurance adequacy, perceived barriers to care, and social support. For the need domain, a patient's experience with cancer in terms of treatment and acuity are measured. Variables are measured using standardized instruments or in the absence of one, a scale composed by the researcher.


Enrollment: 90
Study Start Date: May 2010
Study Completion Date: May 2012
Primary Completion Date: May 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
Cancer patients over the age of 18
Cancer patients over the age of 18 who are receiving active treatment.

Detailed Description:
The primary purpose of this study is to examine how vulnerabilities in psychological and social situations affect financial quality of life. For people who are experiencing financial hardship, a cancer diagnosis can be devastating. For others, cancer may cause or even worsen financial stress, for example, with their work, their ability to maintain benefits such as health insurance, their ability to pay bills, and their ability to get the cancer treatment they need. The impact of cancer on financial quality of life is an important area of study within cancer care. Considering the financial burden of cancer also lends greater appreciation for the problems that people face if they cannot handle cancer's costs, or if needed resources are either not present or are too stretched to help with the care they need. For this study, up to 180 cancer patients will be interviewed with a written questionnaire. Of this group, 15 people will also be asked if they would like to participate in a follow-up personal interview with the researcher. The major hypothesis of this study is: The greater the vulnerabilities in predisposing factors and enabling factors, the greater the need factors with respect to cancer diagnosis and treatment, and the lower the perceived ability to adhere to treatment, the poorer will be the financial quality of life.
  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Any cancer patient over the age of 18 who can speak and understand English and can provide informed consent
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Any cancer patient over the age of 18 who can speak and understand English and can provide informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pediatric patients; non-English-speaking patients
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01169545

Sponsors and Collaborators
Georgetown University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Christine C. Callahan, MSW The Catholic University of America
  More Information

Responsible Party: Christine Callahan, PhD, LCSW-C, clinical social worker and PhD candidate, Georgetown University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01169545     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010-090 
Study First Received: July 22, 2010
Last Updated: May 14, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Georgetown University:
any type of cancer

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 28, 2016