CareSTEPS Study (H-38998)
CareSTEPS: A Supportive Care Program for the Caregivers of Advanced Lung Cancer Patients
Patients with advanced lung cancer experience higher rates of physical symptom burden and emotional distress relative to other cancers. This can be particularly challenging for their family caregivers who often play a key role in providing care and emotional support.
This study seeks to evaluate a program that we have developed for the family caregivers of advanced lung cancer patients. The name of the program, CareSTEPS, is an acronym for six skills that are important for caregiver quality of life. They are:
- Stress management
- sympTom management
- Effective communication
- Social support
CareSTEPS provides skills training in all six areas through a home-based program. The goal of this study is to see if caregiver participation in the CareSTEPS program has a beneficial effect on the quality of life of family caregivers as well as the loved ones they care for. Advanced lung cancer patients who are within one month of starting treatment and their family caregivers will be asked to complete a baseline survey that asks about their health and experience with lung cancer. After patients and caregivers complete the survey, the caregiver will be randomly assigned to either the CareSTEPS program (where he/she will receive an educational manual, CD, and six phone counseling sessions with a trained counselor), or to a usual medical care control group condition. Patients and caregivers in both groups will also complete two follow-up surveys occurring two months and six months after baseline.
Patients and caregivers will receive gift cards to thank them for their time in the amounts of $10 after completing the baseline survey, $20 after completing the two-month follow-up survey, and $30 after completing the six-month follow-up survey (up to $60 per person or $120 per couple/family).
Eligible patients must have a diagnosis of advanced lung cancer and be within one month of starting treatment, ambulatory (able to walk unassisted) and capable of self-care, and have a family caregiver (e.g., spouse/significant other, adult child, sibling) who is interested in participating. In addition, both patients and caregivers must be over the age of 18, and have the ability to understand and communicate in English.
Senior Research Coordinator
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