A Trial Investigating the Effect of Specialised Palliative Care on Symptoms, Survival, Economical Factors and Satisfaction (DanPaCT)
|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01348048|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 5, 2011
Last Update Posted : March 3, 2015
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Metastatic Cancer||Other: Specialised palliative care (SPC)||Phase 4|
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|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||306 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Primary Purpose:||Supportive Care|
|Official Title:||Danish Palliative Care Trial (DanPaCT): A Randomised Clinical Multi-centre Trial Investigating the Effect of Specialised Palliative Care on Symptoms, Survival, Economical Factors and Satisfaction in Patients With Cancer Reporting Palliative Needs|
|Study Start Date :||May 2011|
|Primary Completion Date :||April 2014|
|Study Completion Date :||October 2014|
Experimental: Specialised palliative care (SPC) group
Patients continue with their standard treatment (typically they receive treatment in one or more hospitals departments and from their GP). In addition, they are offered a consultation in the SPC out-patient clinic (or at home if the patient cannot attend the hospital) as soon as possible and no more than one week after randomization. If possible, each patient will have at least two contacts to the SPC in the trial period.
Other: Specialised palliative care (SPC)
The interventions given by the SPC centres follow the the WHO and the EAPC guidelines for palliative care. It is not possible in advance to describe the interventions more specifically as these will be adjusted to each particular patient. As part of the study the medical records of all patients in the intervention group will be reviewed with the purpose of describing the interventions given for the different symptoms and problems.
No Intervention: Standard care group
Patients continue with their standard treatment. They are instructed to contact either their GP or their hospital department if they feel that additional treatment or care is needed.
- Reduction in the EORTC QLQ-C30 scale that constitutes the patient's primary need [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 weeks and 8 weeks ]The difference between the intervention and the control group in the change from baseline to the weighted mean of the 3- and 8-week follow-up (measured as AUC) for the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30) scale score that constitutes the primary need. The primary need can be a need related to the following: physical function, role function, emotional function, pain, shortness of breath, lack of appetite and nausea/vomiting.
- Patients reported symptoms and problems according to the EORTC QLQ-C30 [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 weeks and 8 weeks ]The difference between the intervention and the control group in the change from baseline to the weighted mean of the 3- and 8-week follow-up (measured as AUC) for all the symptoms and problems measured by the EORTC QLQ-C30 and for anxiety and depression measured by the The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HAD scale)
- Survival [ Time Frame: From the start of the trial to minimum three months after the end of the intervention. ]Survival.
- Economical consequences [ Time Frame: From the start of the trial to minimum three months after the end of the intervention. ]Economical consequences measured as the expenses to health care services (treatments, hospitalisation, outpatient visits, emergency room visits, and visits with the general practitioner).
- Patient reported Satisfaction with services provided by the health care system measured with the questionnaire FAMCARE-p16 [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]The difference between the intervention and the control group in the change from baseline to the weighted mean of the 3- and 8-week follow-up (measured as AUC) in the patients' evaluation of treatment and care provided by the health care system measured by the FAMCARE-p16 and four additional items developed for this trial
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01348048
|The Palliative Team, Aarhus University Hospital|
|Aarhus, Denmark, 8000|
|Section of Acute Pain Management and Palliative Medicine, Rigshospitalet|
|Copenhagen, Denmark, 2100|
|Department of Palliative Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital|
|Copenhagen, Denmark, 2400|
|Palliative Team Herning|
|Herning, Denmark, 7400|
|Palliative Team Fyn, Odense University hospital|
|Nyborg, Denmark, 5800|
|Palliative Team Vejle|
|Vejle, Denmark, 7100|
|Principal Investigator:||Mogens Groenvold, MD, PhD, DMSc||Department of Palliative Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital|