Last updated on September 2018

Bridge: Proactive Psychiatry Consultation and Case Management for Patients With Cancer


Brief description of study

The purpose of this research is to understand if it is helpful for patients with mental illness to be connected to a psychiatrist and case manager at the time of cancer diagnosis.

Detailed Study Description

It is challenging to cope with cancer. The investigators want to understand if it is helpful for patients with serious mental illness (SMI) to be connected to a psychiatrist and case manager when cancer is diagnosed. Many people with illnesses like major depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder face barriers to receiving high quality cancer care. It can be difficult to get to appointments, have many different doctors, and experience depression or worry. Better communication between the patient, the oncology team, and mental health providers may improve care. As for all patients, it is important for people with mental illness to have access to high quality cancer treatment that is patient-centered and coordinated. Having a case manager and psychiatrist at the cancer center who collaborates with the oncology team starting at cancer diagnosis may help patients to receive the cancer care that they need.

This study includes a single-arm open pilot (n=8) to pilot patient and caregiver measures and refine the intervention manual; a run-in period (n=6) to pilot the randomized trial procedures; and a randomized controlled trial (n=120) to compare the impact of the Bridge model with enhanced usual care on disruptions in cancer care.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03360695

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Kelly E Irwin, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA United States
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