Families' Experiences of Paediatric ICC Diagnosis (FEPICCD)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02737111|
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified May 2016 by Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.
Recruitment status was: Not yet recruiting
First Posted : April 13, 2016
Last Update Posted : May 10, 2016
This study aims to further understand the experiences of children, their parents and siblings around the time when the child and their family are informed of a diagnosis of an inherited cardiac condition (ICC). The researchers are interested to understand how families experience the process of receiving a diagnosis of an ICC, and explore experiences from multiple perspectives within the family (i.e. parents, children and siblings).
The Primary Project Objective:
How do children, their parents and siblings experience the communication of a diagnosis of an inherited cardiac condition (ICC)? What is found to be helpful and less helpful?
The Secondary Project Objective:
To explore qualitatively how families experience the communication of a positive diagnosis for an inherited cardiac condition for a child and will seek the perspectives of the child with the diagnosis, their siblings and parents.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Inherited Cardiac Conditions||Behavioral: Initial Screening Process Behavioral: Information and Informed Consent Behavioral: Interview Behavioral: Validated Questionnaires Behavioral: Debrief||Not Applicable|
Background Information and Study Rationale:
An ICC comprise of a number of conditions that affect either the heart muscle (cardiomyopathies), or the electrical circuits of the heart (ion channelopathies). ICCs can result in the heart working ineffectively, dangerous arrhythmias and sudden death. The last decade has seen dramatic advances in understanding of the pathology of ICCs. More than 50 ICCs have been recognised and genetics tests are increasingly available. Epidemiological evidence suggests a combined total prevalence for ICCs of about 340,000 in the UK.
In response to advances in medical and genetic understanding of ICCs, ICC services have also grown dramatically, accompanied by commissiioning guidelines, and when an ICC is diagnosed there are implications not only for the patient themselves but for relatives. For families affected by inherited cardiac conditions, the layers of impact can be complex. When a child receives a positive diagnosis there can be implications for parents and siblings not only of living with the child's diagnosis, but also for one's own health and wellbeing. This can lead to uncertainty about the health of others in the family and subsequent medical investigates.
To the researchers' knowledge, there is little published evidence which aims to understand the experiences of children and their siblings of the communication around their ICC condition. Therefore ICC services risk of relying on our own clinical intuition or the views of parents rather than hearing directly from children and young people themselves. This present study therefore proposed to explore qualitatively how families experience the communication of a positive diagnosis for an inherited cardiac condition for a child and will seek the perspectives of the child with the diagnosis, their siblings and parents.
Participants will be recruited from a ICC service at an NHS Hospital in London. Paedaitric patients (who have been given an ICC diagnosis) and their siblings will be aged 8-16, and their Parents. Patient recruitment at a site will only commence once the trial team has ensured that the following approval/essential documents are in place:
- The main REC approval,
- Final sponsorship and/or R&D approval (NHS Permission),
- Local Site Delegation of Duties and Signature Log is completed.
All subjects who wish to enter the study will be fully screened and consented by the Chief Investigator (CI), or one of the qualified clinicians involved in the study as the Researchers.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||30 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||How do Families Experience Receiving a Positive Diagnosis for an Inherited Cardiac Condition for a Child? The Experiences of Children With a Diagnosis, Their Parents and Siblings.|
|Study Start Date :||June 2016|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||September 2016|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||September 2016|
- Behavioral: Initial Screening Process
The doctor who meets with the family to share the diagnosis will give the participants a flyer about the research study at the end of their consultation and will briefly explain the study aim and purpose. Following this, the ICC Service Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and the primary researcher will identify patients who meet the inclusion and exclusion criteria and all patients who are eligible to take part will be contact by a CNS shortly after a child receives a diagnosis to follow up with the family, and ask permission for the primary researcher to contact the child's parents to discuss the study.
- Behavioral: Information and Informed Consent
The researcher will contact parents of patients who agreed some weeks after receiving the diagnosis, check inclusion criteria, and information sheets will be provided. Individuals who consent to participate will arrange to meet with the researcher in their family home or at the hospital. When they meet, the researcher will go through the participant information sheet with the individuals, and gain written consent for participation
- Behavioral: Interview
Families who wish to take part will be invited to participate in an interview 2-3 months after they received the diagnosis from the hospital. At least ten families (and therefore at least 30 individuals including children with the diagnosis, parents and siblings) will be interviewed separately, about their experiences of the communication about the diagnosis to them, their child or their siblings. Younger children may do some drawings with the researcher about their experiences, and the researcher will ask questions about these drawings.Participants can be included even if not all family members wish to take part.
- Behavioral: Validated Questionnaires
Each member of the family will complete the mood and quality of life questionnaires.
- Behavioral: Debrief
At the end of each interview the research will explore with the individual to discuss how they found the experience and answer any questions they might have and review the questionnaires that they completed. The researcher will then meet with children and parents together to discuss the experience as a family.Information will be shared with families about options for accessing support including the paediatric psychology service at the hospital or local support services, if they wish. After the interviews, the researcher will send a letter to participants GP and medical team to inform them that they are taking part.
- Experience of recieving a diagnosis of an ICC. [ Time Frame: Interviews will occur within 2-3 months of recieiving the diagnosis ]Semi-structured interviews (Child, Sibling and Parent version) will be transcriped and analysed using thematic analysis, whereby common themes will be identified within and between participant interviews. Thematic analysis is a method for identifying, analysing and reporting patterns (themes) within data. Thematic analysis is a way to organise and describe a data set from qualitative interviews in rich detail.
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02737111
|Contact: Chantell Douglas, Doctor||C.Douglas@rbht.nhs.uk|
|Contact: Michele Puckey||M.Puckey@rbht.nhs.uk|
|Principal Investigator:||Jan Till, Doctor||Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust|