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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02357108
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 6, 2015
Last Update Posted : July 15, 2016
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Brief Summary:
The goal of this study is to learn what types of conversations patients prefer to have with their doctor about treatment options and how patients view their doctor's compassion.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Advanced Cancer Other: Video Behavioral: Survey Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

If participant agree to take part in the study, basic information will be collected (such as date of birth, date of diagnosis, sex, and religion). Participant will also complete questionnaires about any symptoms they may be having, how hopeful they are, how they are accepting the disease, their trust in the medical profession, and how they like information to be delivered to them.

After completing the questionnaires, they will be randomly assigned (as the roll of dice) to one of 4 groups.

Regardless of which group they are in, they will watch 2 short videos that show actors portraying a doctor and patient having a conversation about treatment options in a clinical setting. Both videos will discuss the same material, but the order of the videos and the actors in the videos will be different for each group. Both videos are about 4 minutes long.

After watching each video, the participant will complete 3 questionnaires about the doctor in the video. It should take about 38 minutes to watch both videos and to complete all of the questionnaires.

After they have watched both videos, they will be asked to choose which doctor they preferred and to briefly explain the reasons why they chose that doctor.

Length of Study:

Participant will be off study after they have completed the last questionnaire.


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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 103 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Official Title: A Trial on Patient's Evaluation of a Physician Conveying Two Different Messages
Study Start Date : May 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2015

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Group 1: Video/Doctor Sequence 1
Participants watch two videos with varying video/doctor sequence and complete 3 surveys (one before the first video and one survey after each video)
Other: Video
Watch two short videos with a 4-minute interval between the two of them, estimate 8 minutes to watch both the videos.

Behavioral: Survey
One set of surveys before first video and one set after each video played, estimate total of 30 minutes for all surveys.
Other Names:
  • Survey Questionnaires
  • questionnaire

Active Comparator: Group 2: Video/Doctor Sequence 2
Participants watch two videos with varying video/doctor sequence and complete 3 surveys (one before the first video and one survey after each video)
Other: Video
Watch two short videos with a 4-minute interval between the two of them, estimate 8 minutes to watch both the videos.

Behavioral: Survey
One set of surveys before first video and one set after each video played, estimate total of 30 minutes for all surveys.
Other Names:
  • Survey Questionnaires
  • questionnaire

Active Comparator: Group 3: Video/Doctor Sequence 3
Participants watch two videos with varying video/doctor sequence and complete 3 surveys (one before the first video and one survey after each video)
Other: Video
Watch two short videos with a 4-minute interval between the two of them, estimate 8 minutes to watch both the videos.

Behavioral: Survey
One set of surveys before first video and one set after each video played, estimate total of 30 minutes for all surveys.
Other Names:
  • Survey Questionnaires
  • questionnaire

Active Comparator: Group 4: Video/Doctor Sequence 4
Participants watch two videos with varying video/doctor sequence and complete 3 surveys (one before the first video and one survey after each video)
Other: Video
Watch two short videos with a 4-minute interval between the two of them, estimate 8 minutes to watch both the videos.

Behavioral: Survey
One set of surveys before first video and one set after each video played, estimate total of 30 minutes for all surveys.
Other Names:
  • Survey Questionnaires
  • questionnaire




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Participant's Rating of Physician's Compassion [ Time Frame: Approximately 38 minutes for video viewing and surveys. ]
    Physician compassion tested using compassion data from the first video viewed by each patient as assessed by a Physician Compassion Assessment survey. Patient's rating of physician's compassion by using a 5-item tool consisting of five 0-10 numerical rating scales assessing five dimensions: warm-cold, pleasant-unpleasant, compassionate-distant, sensitive insensitive, caring-uncaring. The sum of the five scales will give a final score representing physician's compassion with a 0 to 50 scale.



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Diagnosis of advanced cancer, defined as locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic disease
  2. Patients treated as outpatients by the Supportive and Palliative Care team.
  3. Age >/= 18 years-old
  4. English speaking
  5. Normal cognitive status as determined by the interviewer based on the ability to understand the nature of the study and consent process.

Exclusion Criteria:

1) Patients suffering from a severe psychiatric disorder or condition that would significantly interfere with study participation, as determined by the Principal Investigator or by the attending palliative care physician.


Information from the National Library of Medicine

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 ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02357108


Locations
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United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Investigators
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Study Chair: Kimberson C. Tanco, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02357108     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2012-0113
NCI-2015-01419 ( Registry Identifier: NCI CTRP )
First Posted: February 6, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 15, 2016
Last Verified: July 2016

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Supportive Care
treatment options
doctor's compassion