Identification and Treatment of Depression

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00863200
First received: March 16, 2009
Last updated: February 28, 2014
Last verified: February 2014

March 16, 2009
February 28, 2014
March 2009
March 2016   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Learn how well a telephone system works for improving the management of emotional distress, sadness, and/or depression in patients who are being treated for cancer. [ Time Frame: 3 Years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
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Identification and Treatment of Depression
Identification and Treatment of Depression in Underserved African American and Latino Patients With Cancer

The goal of this research study is to learn how well a telephone system works for improving the management of emotional distress, sadness, and/or depression in patients who are being treated for cancer.

Study Groups:

If you agree to take part in this study, you will be randomly assigned (as in the flip of a coin) to 1 of 2 groups: telephone intervention or standard care. You have an equal chance of being assigned to either group.

No matter which group you are assigned to, you will be asked to tell your doctor and/or nurse about all symptoms you may be experiencing during your regularly scheduled visits. You will also be asked to call your doctor and/or nurse right away when your symptoms are severe. The doctor and/or nurse will give you instructions about calling when your symptoms are severe.

You will receive educational material about emotional distress, sadness, and depression in people who are being treated for cancer. The material also will tell you about community resources that are available for people with cancer.

Feedback Group:

If you are assigned to the feedback group, your symptom information will be collected using a telephone system. You will be asked to rate 13 symptoms, such as sadness, emotional distress, and fatigue, on a scale of 0 to 10 using the touch tone key pad of your telephone. The 0 means that you are not having the symptom at all, and the 10 means that the symptom is as bad as you can imagine.

If you rate either of the 2 symptoms of sadness and/or emotional distress as moderate or severe, then the telephone system will send a message to the research staff and your doctor or nurse right away. Only the symptoms of sadness and emotional distress will be reported right away to the doctor or nurse and the research staff. If you answer moderate to severe to any other questions, it will not be sent right away to the doctor, nurse or study staff. The telephone system usually works very well. But, if for any reason the telephone system is not working, the research staff will report any moderate or severe sadness or distress to your doctor or nurse. Your doctor or nurse also will receive a written summary of your symptom ratings before your next clinic visit.

Standard Care Group:

If you are assigned to the standard care group, your symptom information will not be collected using the telephone system. You will be asked to tell your doctor and/or nurse about all symptoms you may be experiencing.

Telephone System:

For patients in the feedback group, the research staff will teach you how to use a telephone system for measuring your symptoms. The research staff also will ask you to practice using the telephone system. The telephone system will call you 1 time a week for 16 weeks. You will be asked to rate your symptoms and how much the symptoms interfere with your life. You can set up a time to receive the phone calls that works best for you. Rating your symptoms using the telephone system will take about 5 minutes for each call.

If you do not answer the telephone system on the first call, then the system will try to reach you 3 more times. If you do not answer after the fourth try, then the research staff will call you to find out why you could not answer the telephone system. If you prefer, the research staff will change the day or time that the telephone system calls you.

Questionnaires and Interviews:

You will be asked to fill out 3 questionnaires during 3 regularly scheduled clinic visits. These questionnaires ask questions about pain, stress, sadness, quality of life, and other symptoms you may be experiencing. You will also compete an interview at the first and third visit. During the interview, you will be asked questions about your feelings and emotions. The questionnaires and interview will be completed at the following times:

  • At the first visit when you enroll in the study, 8-10 weeks after the study begins, and 14-16 weeks after the study begins, you will complete the questionnaires. This will take about 45 minutes.
  • At the first visit and 14-16 weeks after the study begins, you will complete a short interview. Completing the interview will take about 15 minutes.

Length of Study:

Your participation in this study will last up to 16 weeks.

This is an investigational study.

Up to 166 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at MD Anderson.

Observational
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
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Probability Sample

African American or Hispanics over 18 years of age being treated for cancer at LBJ General Hospital in Houston.

Cancer
  • Behavioral: Telephone Intervention
    Symptom information will be collected using an automated telephone system, approximately 5 minutes per week.
    Other Names:
    • Interactive voice response
    • IVR
  • Behavioral: Questionnaires & Interviews
    3 questionnaires and one-on-one interviews during 3 regularly scheduled clinic visits.
    Other Name: Survey
  • Telephone Intervention Group
    Interventions:
    • Behavioral: Telephone Intervention
    • Behavioral: Questionnaires & Interviews
  • Standard Care Group
    Intervention: Behavioral: Questionnaires & Interviews
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Active, not recruiting
166
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March 2016   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Diagnosis of cancer
  2. Self-identified as African American or Latino
  3. English or Spanish speaking
  4. 18 years of age or older
  5. Receiving treatment in the medical oncology, genitourinary oncology, or gynecologic oncology clinics at LBJ General Hospital
  6. Reports a level of "4" or greater on the MDASI "sadness" and/or "distress" items.

Exclusion Criteria:

1) Not willing to use a telephone to report symptoms.

Both
18 Years and older
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Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
 
NCT00863200
2008-0327
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M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Principal Investigator: Karen O. Anderson, PhD, MS, BA UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
February 2014

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