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NCT number NCT03286127
Study type Observational
Source University Hospital Muenster
Contact Philipp Lenz, PD Dr. med.
Phone +49 (0)251 8353052
Email philipp.lenz@ukmuenster.de
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date September 11, 2017
Completion date March 2019

Clinical Trial Summary

For patients with an advanced disease and their families an excellent and compassionate care is essential. However, in hospitals optimal end-of-life care is not yet fully realized and patient's needs are often not met. Palliative care is able to increase patients' quality of life and to carefully meet their and their families' needs.

To improve the awareness of unmet needs patient-reported outcome measurement has been the pivot of latest palliative care research. Besides the improvement of care outcome measurement allows the evaluation of the quality of palliative care and comparisons on a national and international level.

The aim of the present study is to evaluate the quality of palliative care in different settings (palliative care unit, inpatient and outpatient consultation teams) using the Integrated Palliative Care Outcome Scale (IPOS). The IPOS has been lately developed as improved follow-up version of the Palliative Care Outcome Scale (POS) integrating most important questions and simultaneously being brief and comprehensive. The study is planned as a multi-centric observational study. Primary endpoint is the reduction of symptom burden of patients.

The clinical study hypothesis bases on the assumption that palliative care can change the symptom burden, measured by a change in the IPOS overall profile score, and that there might be a difference in the size of the effect depending on the caring setting.


Clinical Trial Description

After the enrolment and consent of participation the patient receive a questionnaire consisting of three independent assessments: To assess the symptom burden and specific palliative care needs the Integrated Palliative Outcome Scale (IPOS) is used. To measure the generic health-related quality of life the patient has to answer the EuroQoL Group 5-Dimension 5-Level Self Report Questionnaire (EQ-5D-5L). To get an opinion of the general condition the patient is to complete the NCCN Distress Thermometer which includes a visual analogue scale (with values from 0 to 10).

Meanwhile, a professional palliative caregiver completes a questionnaire about the main demographic aspects of the patients and assess the palliative care needs and the symptom burden using the IPOS.

After one week both, patient and professional palliative caregiver, will receive the same questionnaires again to assess the change from baseline.


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