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Use of a Video Decision Tool to Improve Informed Decision-Making in Hospitalized Patients Considering Palliative Radiation Therapy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: August 15, 2012
Last updated: July 13, 2015
Last verified: July 2015
The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness and acceptability of a recently created informative video geared for patients who have been evaluated by a radiation oncologist for palliative radiation therapy during a hospitalization at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Palliative radiation therapy is radiation therapy that is given to patients with the purpose of easing symptoms from cancer. It is not given with the intent to cure the cancer. The video presents basic information about palliative radiation and palliative care.

Condition Intervention
Metastatic Cancer or Locally Advanced
Patients Receiving Palliative Radiation
Behavioral: questionnaires

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Use of a Video Decision Tool to Improve Informed Decision-Making in Hospitalized Patients Considering Palliative Radiation Therapy

Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • create an effective video decision aid [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Effectiveness of the video tool will be assessed by the following measures before and after watching the video. The pre- and post-assessment design comparing uncertainty, knowledge and preference scores of a video explaining palliative radiation and palliative care.

Enrollment: 43
Study Start Date: August 2012
Study Completion Date: July 2015
Primary Completion Date: July 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
pts receiving palliative radiation therapy
The design of the study will be a prospective non-randomized cohort study with structured questionnaires administered to all enrolled patients at two or three time-points.
Behavioral: questionnaires
Questionnaires will be given before the patient watches a video educational tool to aid informed consent about palliative radiation therapy; and (2) after the patient watches the video educational tool. (3) If the patient receives PRT, a final questionnaire that assesses the patient's impression of the video will also be administered at the conclusion of radiation therapy.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Inpatients will be approached regarding study enrollment at the time that they are evaluated by the inpatient radiation oncology team for palliative radiation therapy.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age ≥18 years
  • Eligible for palliative radiation to the brain, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, skin, or bone as per the judgment of the radiation oncologist or nurse practitioner
  • Patient is English-speaking and able to give informed consent and fill out study questionnaires
  • Hospitalized at MSKCC
  • Pathologically confirmed malignancy
  • Cancer is metastatic or locally advanced, and is not curable
  • Patients who may undergo radiation at a satellite facility are still eligible for protocol enrollment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Those who have seen the video beforehand
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01667965

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Beryl McCormack, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier: NCT01667965     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 12-172
Study First Received: August 15, 2012
Last Updated: July 13, 2015

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
palliative radiation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasm Metastasis
Neoplastic Processes
Pathologic Processes processed this record on April 27, 2017