This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition malignancies, hematologic
Treatment palliative care support
Sponsor Medical College of Wisconsin
Start date February 2015
End date January 2018
Trial size 7 participants
Trial identifier NCT02321345, 21301


This is a feasibility study of pre-transplant involvement of a palliative care provider in the setting of HCT. Although this is primarily a feasibility pilot, the investigators will explore how patients are affected by the palliative care meetings as well as test data collection mechanisms that would be used in a future randomized clinical trial.

The investigators hypothesis is that patients will be amenable to pre-transplant involvement of the palliative care team and might welcome the chance to discuss palliative care issues separate from the primary team. Palliative care providers also have special training and experience in conducting these interactions and expertise in supportive care practices. They will be available should a patient's condition become life- threatening. This study is therefore designed primarily to evaluate the level of comfort / distress of patients when a palliative care consultation and follow-up are integrated into their care.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose supportive care
Palliative care meetings will address the following issues: 1) values and meaning of life 2) greatest hopes and fears 3) communication preferences 4) proxy readiness to make decisions, and patient preferences, if the patient were to become seriously ill, and 5) symptom management strategies.
palliative care support
Palliative care meetings Quality of Life Assessments

Primary Outcomes

Study participation rates
time frame: 1 year

Secondary Outcomes

Completion time for palliative care consultation
time frame: up to 100 days
Level of comfort / distress attributed to individual parts of the consultation
time frame: Within 1-7 days after the initial consultation
Completeness of follow-up data collection
time frame: 1 year after the date last patient is enrolled

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Written informed consent - English as primary language - Planned allogeneic stem cell transplantation - At least 18 years of age Exclusion Criteria: - Major psychiatric diagnosis that impairs cognitive functioning or is not controlled at the time of the approach, as judged by the patient's medical team. - First transplant of a planned tandem procedure (the second transplant is eligible)

Additional Information

Official title Feasibility of Implementing Pre-Transplant Evaluation by the Supportive Care Team for Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Hematological Malignancies
Principal investigator Wendy Peltier, MD
Description After the patient provides written informed consent, they will be given a survey to collect baseline data. Because input may be solicited from the caregiver, consent will also be obtained from a caregiver. Participation is optional for the caregiver and a caregiver is not required for the participant to be in the study. If the caregiver does not consent to participate in the study, his/her input during meetings will not be documented in the research record. "Caregiver" may vary from patient to patient, but for the purposes of this study would be an individual who listens to the interview and responds to questions related to the patient's psychosocial history, goals and values. This information gathered from the caregiver supports the details of the consult but does not stand alone. The caregiver does not complete an evaluation of the interview but can reach out to study coordinators if the interview causes any distress.The first consultation will be scheduled with a palliative care provider, but will take place after the standard of care meeting with the social worker so that the palliative care clinician can read the social work note and not have to review the same information. Within one to seven days after the meeting with palliative care, patients will be asked to complete a 15 minute interview to provide feedback on the meeting. A brief questionnaire will also be administered to the palliative care provider who conducted the consultation, ideally immediately after the meeting. Patients will meet at least monthly with the palliative care provider while they remain at the transplant center. Patients will complete additional self-assessments at day 60+/- 7 days and 90+/- 7 days after their transplants. These surveys may be completed by mail if the patient has been discharged from the center. The medical records of participants will be reviewed to pilot items collecting data about references to the palliative care consultation and use of ACP within the first 100 days after HCT. Costs for participants will be retrieved from the inpatient and outpatient accounting systems for the first 100 days after HCT. Participants may decline to participate in any part of the study or discontinue participation at any time.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in December 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Medical College of Wisconsin.