Identifying Family Members in Need of Support During Cancer Care and Bereavement
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The purpose of this study is to develop a screening tool to help identify family members who may need professional emotional support. The investigators are interested in enrolling family members of patients with advanced cancer care as well as family members who have lost a loved one to cancer. Some screening tools to identify family members who might need support do exist, but the investigators are hoping to develop one that is brief and easier for healthcare providers to use. The information learned in this study will help us refine the screening tool. The investigators are interviewing family members to identify which questions or items work well, which seem unclear, and to understand how a family member might approach completing the screening tool. Family member input will be essential in the development of this screening tool.
to refine the bereavement risk screening tool and its items based on respondent feedback. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
we will obtain family member input on the pre- and post-loss versions of the screening tool; we will obtain input from a separate sample of family members on a revised version of the screening tool that incorporates feedback
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Ages Eligible for Study:
21 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Participants will be recruited from MSK and Calvary Hospital locations (The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan), which provides hospice and bereavement services to patients suffering from advanced cancer and their families.
As per self-report, 21 years or older
As per self-report, has a domestic partner or spouse, child (minor or adult), sibling (sister or brother), or parent diagnosed with an advanced cancer diagnosis OR As per self-report, experienced the recent (within 2 months to 3 year) cancer-related death of a domestic partner or spouse, child (minor or adult), sibling, or parent
Responds "yes" to the question "Can you understand spoken and written English?
Agrees to be audio-taped during the cognitive interview [Waves 1 and 2 only] * For Part 2 only: In the event that the patient dies prior to a consenting pre-loss family member completing the study questionnaires, the family member will be eligible for participation in the post-loss group after at least 2 months have passed after the loss
Significant psychiatric or cognitive disturbance sufficient, in the investigators' judgment, to preclude the completion of the assessment measures or informed consent (i.e., acute psychiatric or neurological symptoms which require individual treatment)
Another family member (parent, domestic partner or spouse, sibling, or adult child) has been enrolled in the study