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Older Cancer Caregiver Needs Post Hospital Discharge

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT02099526
First Posted: March 31, 2014
Last Update Posted: July 23, 2015
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Collaborator:
The Reed Foundation, Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University
March 26, 2014
March 31, 2014
July 23, 2015
June 2014
June 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Unmet cancer caregiver needs [ Time Frame: 1 week after patient discharge from hospital ]
    Explore the needs (e.g., psychosocial) of older adults caring for a loved one with cancer at home during the first and second weeks after hospital discharge, and determine how these needs vary by spirituality and relationship to the care recipient.
  • Caregiver strategies assisting in caregiving role [ Time Frame: 1 week after patient discharge from hospital ]
    Identify the strategies used by older caregivers during the first and second weeks after hospital discharge, and determine how these strategies vary by spirituality and relationship to the care recipient.
  • Caregiver decision making in seeking assistance for cancer patient [ Time Frame: 1 week after patient discharge from hospital ]
    Describe the preferences of support and assistance (e.g., family/friends) of older caregivers in caring for a loved one with cancer at home during the first and second weeks after hospital discharge, and determine how these preferences vary by spirituality and relationship to the care recipient.
  • Unmet cancer caregiver needs [ Time Frame: 1 week after patient discharge from hospital ]
    Describe needs of caregivers caring for an older adult with cancer at home during the first week of hospital discharge, as measured by coded interview.
  • Caregiver strategies assisting in caregiving role [ Time Frame: 1 week after patient discharge from hospital ]
    Explore from caregivers strategies that may assist them in their caregiving during the first week of hospital discharge (including, but not limited to, managing patient symptoms), as measured by coded interview.
  • Caregiver decision making in seeking assistance for cancer patient [ Time Frame: 1 week after patient discharge from hospital ]
    Describe the process used by caregivers in deciding when to seek assistance for care of their loved ones once discharged from the hospital, as measured by coded interview.
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Caregiver needs and preferences vary with time [ Time Frame: 2 weeks after patient discharge from the hospital ]
Explore whether caregiver needs and preferences vary with time (1 week versus 2 weeks post hospital discharge).
Challenges or successes in caring for loved one since first interview [ Time Frame: 2 weeks after patient discharge from the hospital ]
At 2 weeks a second qualitative interview will be conducted with the cancer caregivers. The purpose of this interview is to clarify any statements made in the first interview, and identify any additional challenges faced in caregiving, or any aspects of caregiving that have become easier for the caregiver. This will be measured by the coding in the interviews.
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Older Cancer Caregiver Needs Post Hospital Discharge
Needs of Older Caregivers of Adults With Cancer In the First 2 Weeks Following Hospital Discharge

The goals of the study are to investigate the needs of older (age 60+) caregivers caring for adults with cancer at 1-week and 2 weeks following hospital discharge and to explore strategies that may assist caregivers in their home caregiving needs. This study will explore how these needs vary based on caregiver spirituality and relationship with the care recipient.

The study will enroll cancer patients and their caregivers admitted to 9100 and 9300, which are the hematological and non-hematological malignancy units at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) respectively. Results of this study will lay the groundwork for creating tailored interventions for caregivers that are compatible to their preferences and more responsive to their needs.

Baseline demographic data about the caregiver and patient will be collected at patient beside prior to hospital discharge. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with the cancer caregivers in their home at 1-week after their loved one was discharged from the hospital, and at 2-weeks after discharge from the hospital. This study utilizes a qualitative descriptive design.
Observational
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Non-Probability Sample
Subjects include 30 informal caregivers and cancer patients dyads. Patients have been admitted to either the hematological malignancy unit, or the non-hematological malignancy unit for treatment of cancer, or treatment-related/cancer-related complications.
Cancer Caregivers of Older Adults
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Completed
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June 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Caregiver must speak English
  • Caregiver must be at least 60 years of age
  • Patients must be 18 years of age or older & speak English
  • Patients must have been admitted to either the 9100 or 9300 oncology unit for treatment of cancer, or treatment-related/cancer-related complications
  • Patients must be discharged home to participate in the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Dyads who received hospice referral prior to the care recipient's discharge
  • Patient must not have any diagnosis of dementia in their medical records, or any cognitive impairment as assessed by hospital providers (physicians and nurses)
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Yes
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United States
 
 
NCT02099526
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Duke University
Duke University
The Reed Foundation, Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund
Principal Investigator: Cristina Hendrix, DNS Duke University
Duke University
January 2015