Easing Psychosocial Burden for Informal Caregivers

Description

The overall goal of this study is to determine the best time to offer Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP), an intervention that has proven to be helpful in improving spiritual well-being and decreasing existential distress among patients with advanced cancer, to caregivers. (MCP has also been shown to be an appropriate method of attending to the palliative or comfort care needs of caregivers of patients with cancer. Studies show that the psychological burden associated with caring for a patient with advanced cancer is often greater than that experienced by the patients themselves.) The investigators would also like to find out about caregivers initial impressions of MCP-C, Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Caregivers, so that the intervention can be adjusted to meet the unique needs of caregivers of patients with Glioblastoma.

Study Start Date

February, 12 2018

Estimated Completion Date

August 2019

Interventions

  • Behavioral: Focus Group
  • Behavioral: Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Caregivers / MCP-C
  • Behavioral: Enhanced Usual Care / EUC

Study ID

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center -- 18-075

Status

Unknown

Trial ID

NCT03454295

Study Type

Interventional

Trial Phase

Early Phase 1

Enrollment Quota

70

Sponsor

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Inclusion Criteria

    Phase I Focus group GBM informal caregivers (ICs):
  • English-speaking as English proficiency screener and in the best judgment of the consenting professional. This is due to the focus groups being managed in English and the use of certain validated questionnaires only being available in English.
  • Age > 19
  • IC to an MSKCC patient with GBM who died a year or more ago Phase II Randomized Intervention of GBM ICs:
  • English-speaking as per English proficiency screener and in the best judgment of the consenting professional
  • Current ICs to a patient with GBM
  • Age >/= 19
  • Score of > 4 on the Distress Thermometer (DT) and indication that this distress is related in some way to the caregiving role per self-report

Exclusion Criteria

  • In the judgment of the consenting professional, clinician or PI and/or as per medical record, severe psychopathology or cognitive impairment likely to interfere with the participation or completion of the protocol or ability to provide meaningful information

Gender

All

Ages

18 Years and older

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Study Locations and Contact Information (3)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Commack - Commack, New York 26.2 miles Allison Applebaum PhD 646-888-0034 None
Memoral Sloan Kettering Westchester - Harrison, New York 28.7 miles Allison Applebaum PhD 646-888-0034 None
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - New York, New York 48.5 miles Allison Applebaum PhD 646-888-0034 None

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