Validating M.D. Anderson Symptom Inventory (MDASI-GI) in GI Cancer Patients Under Chemotherapy

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00849979
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 24, 2009
Last Update Posted : July 30, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Brief Summary:
The goal of this study is to learn more about the symptoms that may occur in patients with GI cancer. The types of GI cancer being studied are cancers of the stomach, liver, pancreas, colon, and rectum. Researchers want to test a newly-designed questionnaire called the M. D. Anderson Symptom Inventory - Gastrointestinal (MDASI-GI) questionnaire.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Gastrointestinal Cancer Behavioral: Questionnaire Other: Interview Not Applicable

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Detailed Description:


If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked to complete the MDASI-GI questionnaire on Day 1. It asks about any symptoms you may be experiencing, and how those symptoms may be interfering with your daily life. You will also complete two questionnaires that ask about the overall quality of your life. In total, these questionnaires should take about 20 minutes to complete.

You will then complete a questionnaire that asks for demographic information such as your age and marital status. It should take about 5 minutes.

You will receive another copy of the MDAS-GI questionnaire and the quality-of-life questionnaire to take home and complete 1 week later. The research staff will call you to remind you when it is time to complete this questionnaires. You should mail it back to the study staff in a stamped, pre-addressed envelope that will be provided to you.

Evaluation of Questionnaires:

Also on Day 1, a small group of participants (25 out of the 185 total participants) will complete an additional questionnaire called a "cognitive debriefing" questionnaire. These 25 participants will be the first 5 participants to join this study who have 1 of the 5 types of cancer being studied.

The questionnaire asks questions related to how easy it was for you to answer the questions on the MDASI-GI questionnaire, whether the questions relate to the symptoms you may be experiencing, and whether any other questions should be added. This questionnaire should take about 10 minutes to complete.


Another small group of participants (a different 25 out of the 185 total) will have a one-on-one interview with a member of the study staff. During the interview, you will be asked to further describe the symptoms you may have experienced. This interview will be scheduled for a day when you are going to be at M. D. Anderson for a routine clinic visit. It should take about 30 minutes to complete.

You and the interviewer will be the only ones in the room during the interview, and the information collected will be kept confidential. The interview will be tape-recorded.

Questionnaire and Interview Content:

Your responses will not be shared with your doctor. If you feel you need a doctor's opinion about anything that is asked about, please contact your doctor.

Information Collection:

As part of this research study, the research staff will collect information from your medical record one time. This will include data about the cancer, cancer treatment, and routine test results.

Length of Study Participation:

After you mail back the questionnaire at Week 1 (or complete it by phone interview with research staff), or after the interview if you have one, your active participation in this study will be over.

This is an investigational study. Up to 185 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 184 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Screening
Official Title: M.D. Anderson Symptom Inventory (MDASI-GI) Validation and Clinical Utility in Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancers Being Treated or Followed by GI Medical Oncology
Study Start Date : July 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2010

Arm Intervention/treatment
Questionnaire Behavioral: Questionnaire
Day 1 MDASI-GI Questionnaire

Questionnaire + Interview Behavioral: Questionnaire
Day 1 MDASI-GI Questionnaire

Other: Interview
Open-ended, audiotaped interviews

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Validation of M. D. Anderson Symptom Inventory - Gastrointestinal (MDASI-GI) Questionnaire (Response) [ Time Frame: 2 Years ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must be out-patients being reviewed or treated in M. D. Anderson's Department of GI Medical Oncology.
  • Patients will have received a confirmed pathological diagnosis of GI cancer (gastric cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer).
  • Patients will or will not be undergoing chemotherapy or treatment with other agents on the day of enrollment.
  • Patients must be > or = 18 years of age.
  • Patients must be able to speak and read English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who, in research staff's estimation, cannot understand the intent of the study.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00849979

United States, Texas
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Xin Shelley Wang, MD, MPH UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00849979     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2007-0228
First Posted: February 24, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 30, 2012
Last Verified: July 2012

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Gastrointestinal Cancers
Gastro-Intestinal Chemotherapy
M.D. Anderson Symptom Inventory
Medical Oncology

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases