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Impact of Human-Animal Interactions on Children With Life-Threatening Conditions and Their Parents

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04310345
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : March 17, 2020
Last Update Posted : May 11, 2022
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Maryjo Gilmer, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Brief Summary:
This study will evaluate the effects of human-animal interaction on reducing anxiety, depression, worry, and pain and enhancing quality of life in children ages 8-17 years old with a life threatening cancer and their parent caregivers.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Advanced Cancer Relapsed Cancer Refractory Cancer Behavioral: Animal-Assisted Interactions Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Objectives:

  • To examine the feasibility of human-animal interaction (HAI) sessions for children with a life threatening cancer and a primary caregiver, specifically to:

    • To identify and document necessary modifications for a safe and feasible intervention
    • To obtain recruitment estimates and determine potential recruitment barriers
    • To evaluate elements of implementation fidelity (design, training, delivery/receipt of treatment, enactment)
    • To verify safety
  • To determine the preliminary efficacy of human-animal interaction sessions:

    • On children with a life threatening cancer for the outcomes of qualify of life, anxiety, depression, worry, and pain
    • On caregivers of children with a life threatening cancer for the outcomes of stress and anxiety

Exploratory Objective:

- To explore mechanisms (reduced salivary cortisol and urinary norepinephrine levels) associated with 8 weeks of human-animal interaction.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Exploring the Impact of Human-Animal Interactions on Children With Life-Threatening Conditions and Their Parents
Actual Study Start Date : March 31, 2021
Estimated Primary Completion Date : March 2024
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 2024

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Animal-Assisted Interaction
Children and their caregivers will spend approximately 10-15 minutes with a registered canine and its owner during potentially anxiety-producing visits to the clinic or hospital.
Behavioral: Animal-Assisted Interactions
Child and caregivers will spend approximately 10-5 minutes with a registered canine and its owner during potentially anxiety-producing visits to the clinic or hospital.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pediatric Quality of Life [ Time Frame: Up to 2 months ]
    The Peds Quality of Life measure will be administered to children and their parents (proxy) at baseline and once a month

  2. Anxiety [ Time Frame: Up to 2 months ]
    The state-trait anxiety inventory will be administered to children and their parents at baseline and once a month



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Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Child:

  • Children age 8-17 years old that have been diagnosed with advanced cancer as defined by any stage of relapsed, recurrent or refractory cancer
  • Able to understand English or Spanish to complete consents and surveys

Parent or Guardian:

  • Parent or guardian as determined by person who brings child to >50% of their clinic visits
  • Able to understand English or Spanish to complete consents and surveys

Exclusion Criteria for both Children and Parent/Guardian:

  • Self-reported fear of or allergies to canines
  • Cognitive impairment as identified by healthcare team or inability to complete consenting process

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04310345


Contacts
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Contact: Maryjo Gilmer, PhD 800-811-8480 maryjo.gilmer@Vanderbilt.Edu

Locations
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United States, Tennessee
Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Recruiting
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37232
Sponsors and Collaborators
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Maryjo Gilmer, PhD Vanderbilt Medical Center
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Responsible Party: Maryjo Gilmer, Principal Investigator, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04310345    
Other Study ID Numbers: VICC PED 2003
First Posted: March 17, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 11, 2022
Last Verified: May 2022

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No