Last updated on November 2019

Perioperative Palliative Care Surrounding Cancer Surgery for Patients & Their Family Members


Brief description of study

The study goal is to compare surgeon-palliative care team co-management, versus surgeon alone management, of patients and family members preparing for major upper gastrointestinal cancer surgery. The study also aims to explore, using qualitative methods, the impact of surgeon-palliative care team co-management versus surgeon alone management on the perioperative care experience for patients, family members, surgeons, and palliative care clinicians.

Detailed Study Description

The components of surgeon palliative care team co management practices will include Time, Education, Assessments, and Multi disciplinary (TEAM) element.

  1. Time; At least 60 minutes/month (per patient and caregiver preference) devoted to palliative care treatments for the patient and family
  2. Education - Patients and family members, per their desires and wishes, are counseled and educated about their disease, including self-management of symptoms, prognosis, and treatment options
  3. Assessment - Formal assessment of symptoms including pain, dyspnea, constipation/diarrhea, anxiety/depression, fatigue, and nausea. Edmonton symptom score33 will be used as a formal assessment.
  4. Multi-Disciplinary - Management must be multi disciplinary with access to a multi-disciplinary palliative care team composed of nurse, physician, social worker, pharmacist, and/or chaplain team members.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03611309

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Johns Hopkins Hostpital

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