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Prognostic Awareness and Patient-Physician Communication in Malignant Glioma

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: December 23, 2013
Last updated: February 7, 2017
Last verified: February 2017
The purpose of this study is to learn more about the understanding patients with brain tumors have of their disease and their communication with their physician. Ultimately, we hope to use these findings to improve communication between patients and their doctors.

Condition Intervention
Malignant Glioma
Behavioral: surveys and cognitive tests

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Prognostic Awareness and Patient-Physician Communication in Malignant Glioma

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • measure prognostic awareness [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Prognostic awareness (PA) will be measured using the Chochinov Prognostic Awareness Scale. This scale classifies patients into three categories of awareness: full, limited, or no awareness.

Enrollment: 95
Actual Study Start Date: December 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Malignant Glioma patients
This is a cross-sectional study of patients with MG who are admitted to the inpatient Neurology service at MSKCC. We anticipate that participants will be accrued over approximately 18-24 months. All patients with MG admitted to Neurology, will be screened for eligibility and willingness to participate in the study.
Behavioral: surveys and cognitive tests


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Participants will be recruited from the inpatient Neurology service. Caregivers will be recruited from either the inpatient Neurology service (if they are physically present at the hospital at the time of the patient's consent to participate) or via telephone communication (if not physically present at the time of patient consent).

Inclusion Criteria:

Patient Inclusion Criteria

  • Age greater than or equal to 18
  • Diagnosis of any WHO grade III or IV glioma
  • Admitted to the inpatient Neurology service
  • Has had at least one outpatient visit with a neuro-oncologist at MSKCC Fluent in English

Caregiver Inclusion Criteria

  • Age greater than or equal to 18
  • Identified by the patient as a relative, friend, or partner with whom he or she has a significant relationship and who provides him or her physical or emotional assistance.
  • The patient has himself or herself agreed to participate in this study

Exclusion Criteria:

Patient Exclusion Criteria

  • A patient will be excluded if the Glasgow Coma Scale is less than 15. The patient must be oriented to self, age, place, and year, and month.
  • Aphasia precluding comprehension and verbalization of consent to participate
  • Patients who cannot verbally demonstrate their understanding of the risks, benefits, and alternatives to participating in the study. This evaluation will take place for otherwise eligible and willing participants, and it will be performed by the NP or MD clinician who is obtaining informed consent and will be documented in the medical record.

Caregiver Exclusion Criteria

  • No eligible caregivers who can complete the brief assessment in person or via telephone will be excluded
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02023346

United States, New York
Memoral Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New Yori, New York, United States, 10065
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Eli Diamond, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier: NCT02023346     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 13-253
Study First Received: December 23, 2013
Last Updated: February 7, 2017

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
Patient-Physician Communication
Brain cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue processed this record on May 24, 2017