Symptom Screening With Targeted Early Palliative Care (STEP) Versus Usual Care for Patients With Advanced Cancer

Titre officiel

Symptom Screening With Targeted Early Palliative Care (STEP) Versus Usual Care for Patients With Advanced Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Sommaire:

Palliative care is defined as multidisciplinary care that increases quality of life (QOL) for patients with a life-threatening illness. Although it is known that patients with the most severe physical and psychological symptoms have the greatest need for palliative care, these patients are often not referred to palliative care services in a timely manner. The investigators have developed a system called STEP (Symptom screening with Targeted Early Palliative care) that identifies patients with high symptom burden in order to offer them timely access to palliative care. The investigators are conducting a multi-centre trial at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Kingston General Hospital to compare STEP with usual symptom screening in medical oncology clinics.

Description de l'essai

Primary Outcome:

  • Patient Heath Related Quality of Life (HRQL) as measured by the FACT-G7.
Secondary Outcome:
  • Patient Heath Related Quality of Life (HRQL) as measured by the FACT-G7.
  • Symptom control
  • Depression
  • Patient satisfaction with care.
Randomized controlled trials have shown that when patients with advanced cancer were referred early to specialized palliative care teams, they had improved QOL, symptom control, and greater satisfaction with their cancer care. Such routine specialized palliative care intervention, while effective, may be challenging to enact broadly with widespread shortages of palliative care physicians. STEP systematically identifies patients with the greatest need, using symptom screening at every outpatient visit, with triage and targeted referral to palliative care. This could reduce resource use while directing care to the most vulnerable. Consenting patients from Breast, Lung, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, and Gynecology medical oncology clinics will be assigned randomly either to receive STEP or to follow usual symptom screening. All patients will complete questionnaires measuring outcomes of QOL, symptom control, depression, and satisfaction with care at recruitment, 2, 4 and 6 months. The investigators will measure the impact of STEP on these outcomes, compared to screening alone.

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