Emotion and Symptom-focused Engagement for Caregivers (EASE-CG) Pilot Study (EASE-CG)

  • End date
    Jun 16, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University Health Network, Toronto
Updated on 16 May 2022


The purpose of this study is to test the feasibility and acceptability of an adapted psychosocial intervention, called Emotion and Symptom-focused Engagement for Caregivers (EASE-CG), to reduce traumatic stress symptoms and other psychological distress and increase well-being in primary caregivers of patients newly diagnosed with acute leukemia.


Emotion and Symptom-focused Engagement for Caregivers (EASE-CG) is a brief psychotherapeutic intervention designed for primary caregivers of patients newly diagnosed with acute leukemia (AL). The EASE-CG intervention was adapted from a previous psychotherapeutic intervention for adult patients newly diagnosed with AL, called Emotion and Symptom-focused Engagement (EASE). In a previous pilot trial, EASE was associated with reductions in traumatic stress and physical symptom burden in adult patients with AL.

EASE-CG is a sub-study of a multi-center, longitudinal, mixed-methods study on the experience of traumatic stress in primary caregivers of patients newly diagnosed with AL within three months of admission to the hospital (Main study). The purpose of this sub-study is to conduct a non-randomized, mixed-methods pilot study to test the feasibility and acceptability of EASE-CG. A subset of caregivers of pediatric patients from the Main study will be approached to participate in EASE-CG. Quantitative measures will be administered at baseline, 1, 3 (primary endpoint), 6, 9, and 12 months (Main study endpoint). Participants may be invited to brief, semi-structured interviews.

The study will take place at the Hospital for Sick Children; the largest leukemia treatment center in Canada for pediatric patients.

Condition Leukemia, Acute
Treatment EASE-CG
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05236296
SponsorUniversity Health Network, Toronto
Last Modified on16 May 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Self-identified primary caregiver (i.e., person assuming the majority of care activities) or co-primary caregiver (i.e., assuming at least 40% of care activities alongside another co-primary caregiver) of an adult or pediatric patient who is newly diagnosed with acute leukemia within 3 months of admission to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre or the Hospital for Sick Children
Age ≥18 years
Fluency in English

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