This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions pancreatic cancer, non-small-cell lung cancer
Treatment dignity therapy
Sponsor Mayo Clinic
Start date April 2014
End date March 2016
Trial size 19 participants
Trial identifier NCT02132325, 14-001857


This study will evaluate feasibility and acceptability of providing the Dignity Therapy/Life Plan intervention to pancreatic or advanced lung cancer patients presenting for treatment in the outpatient medical oncology setting. Investigators hypothesize that providing dignity therapy to this population will be feasible.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose supportive care
dignity therapy
Dignity Therapy/Life Plan will be provided by an advanced practice nurse or chaplain (APN/Chap), who has undergone training in provision of Dignity Therapy (offered through a 3-day group workshop by Dr. Harvey Chochinov).

Primary Outcomes

Change in level of distress as measured by distress scores on the Distress Thermometer
time frame: Baseline & at the end of the dignity therapy intervention (approximately 6 weeks)

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 19 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Age >18 - Undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic adenocarcinoma or advanced NSCLC (pancreatic arm closed) - English-speaking - Cognitively intact, per clinician judgment, as documented in electronic medical record (EMR) Exclusion Criteria: - Currently receiving hospice or palliative care services - Concurrent diagnosis of delirium or dementia, per medical record - Diagnosis of major depression disorder, acute anxiety disorder or schizophrenia per medical record - Participating in other psychosocial intervention research studies.

Additional Information

Official title Phase I/IIA: Dignity Therapy/Life Plan in Patients With Pancreatic or Advanced Lung Cancer
Principal investigator Ann Marie Dose, PhD, RN
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in October 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Mayo Clinic.