Lung Cancer Clinical Trial
Palliative Care Interventions for Outpatients Newly Diagnosed With Lung Cancer: Phase II
The focus of the study is to test a nurse-led telephone-based palliative care intervention on improving the delivery of care for patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer. The study is a three site randomized control trial to determine the efficacy of the intervention on improving patients' quality of life, symptom burden, and satisfaction of care. Additionally, the study will test an innovative care delivery model to improve patients' access to palliative care. The investigators will also determine the effect of the intervention on patient activation to discuss treatment preferences with their clinician and on clinician knowledge of patients' goals of care.
Patients meeting entry criteria will be randomized to the intervention arm, palliative care plus usual care, or the usual care arm. Patients randomized to the intervention arm will receive usual oncologic care and phone calls from a nurse. Outcome measures will be collected at baseline and at the end of the patients' primary cancer treatment. The study will be performed at the Puget Sound Health Care System, Birmingham VA and Portland VA. The investigators will recruit individuals (n=138) with lung cancer over 2.5 years. The primary objective is to determine the efficacy of the nurse-led telephone-based palliative intervention on improving patients' quality of life, symptom burden, and satisfaction of care. In addition, using validated instruments, the investigators will assess the effect of the intervention on patient activation to discuss treatment preferences with their clinician and on clinician knowledge of patients' goals of care. The results of this study will inform a future effectiveness/implementation study.
Patients diagnosed at the Puget Sound Health Care System, Birmingham VA, or Portland VA with a primary diagnosis of lung cancer that requires more than surgical resection:
diagnosed within 8 weeks of recruitment
must have telephone access
ability to understand English
able to participate in informed consent process
Patients not eligible to participate in the study include those who are inpatients prior to randomization,
those who are under the care of palliative care or hospice at the time of randomization
those who have severe mental health disorders
those who are unable to speak directly with the nurse over the telephone
or those that have the inability to provide informed consent
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There are 3 Locations for this study
Birmingham Alabama, 35233, United States
Portland Oregon, 97239, United States
Seattle Washington, 98108, United States
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