Existential Issues in Elderly People With Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sigrid Helene Kjørven Haug, Sykehuset Innlandet HF
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: March 4, 2011
Last updated: January 25, 2013
Last verified: January 2013
The purpose is to describe, interpret and provide a detailed understanding of what it means to be elderly people with cancer who receive treatment in specialized health care. Focus is especially put on the content and expression of existential issues and the importance of spirituality for the patient´s life story and medical story.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Existential Issues in Elderly People With Cancer in an Early Palliative Phase- a Phenomenological Hermeneutic Approach

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Further study details as provided by Sykehuset Innlandet HF:

Enrollment: 21
Study Start Date: February 2011
Study Completion Date: June 2012
Primary Completion Date: June 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Cancer in elderly people

Detailed Description:
Existential and spiritual issues in elderly people with cancer are scarcely investigated with respect to the content and importance of these aspects to this patient group in terms of living with their disease and benefit from specialist health treatment and care. The present study is an independent doctoral study that also has an initial function for an intended multidisciplinary research project with the working title "Aged people with cancer".

Ages Eligible for Study:   70 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Cancer patients from 70 years and older, receiving palliative treatment and care in Innlandet Hospital Trust

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with cancer from the age 70 and older receiving palliative treatment in specialized health care

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Terminal patients
  • Patients considered as too sick for the interview session
  • Patients with lack of consent
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01309815

Innlandet Hospital Trust
Brumunddal, Norway, 2381
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sykehuset Innlandet HF
Principal Investigator: Lars J Danbolt, Professor Innlandet Hospital Trust, Centre for Psychology of Religion
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Sigrid Helene Kjørven Haug, PhD Researcher, Sykehuset Innlandet HF
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01309815     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Haug, SKH
Study First Received: March 4, 2011
Last Updated: January 25, 2013
Health Authority: Norway:National Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics

Keywords provided by Sykehuset Innlandet HF:
existential concerns
Meaning making
early palliative phase

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