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Burden of Cancer in Children: A Pilot Study to Investigate the Impact and Content of Video Illness Narratives

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00793299
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 19, 2008
Last Update Posted : April 27, 2015
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
In order to gain a greater understanding of the full experience of children with life-threatening illness, this study will provide video cameras to ten to fifteen 10-18 years olds in active treatment for cancer, and instruct them to make video illness narratives over the course of 1-3 months. The narratives will be studied as an intervention; each of the participants will be administered a measure of physical symptoms (the Memorial Symptom Assessment scale 10-18) and a measure of self-esteem (the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale). The video narratives will also be analyzed for content by theme in order to understand the participants' experiences in their own words. Our hypothesis is that these narratives will provide insight into the lives of children with cancer, increase their self-esteem, and decrease symptom distress, and improve communication between patients and their doctors.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Cancer Behavioral: Video Illness Narrative

Detailed Description:

In addition to the above outcome measures:

The video narratives will also be analyzed for content by theme in order to understand the participants' experiences in their own words.


Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 11 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Burden of Cancer in Children: A Pilot Study to Investigate the Impact and Content of Video Illness Narratives
Study Start Date : November 2008
Primary Completion Date : June 2009
Study Completion Date : September 2009
Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Video Illness Narrative
single arm pilot study
Behavioral: Video Illness Narrative
video


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale [ Time Frame: 3 mopnths ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosed with cancer
  • Age 10-18
  • In active treatment for cancer
  • Followed at the Strong Memorial Hospital/Golisano Children's Hospital

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Non-English Speaker
  • Cognitively impaired so as to make data collection difficult
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00793299


Locations
United States, New York
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong
Rochester, New York, United States, 14642
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Rochester
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Emily Hahn, BA Medical Student
Principal Investigator: Barbara Asselin, MD Associate Professor
More Information

Responsible Party: Barbara Asselin, Pediatrics, Hematology Oncology, University of Rochester
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00793299     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RSRB00025699
First Posted: November 19, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 27, 2015
Last Verified: April 2015