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End of Life clinical trials at University of California Health

12 in progress, 6 open to eligible people

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  • Advance Care Planning With Formerly Homeless Older Adults Residing in Permanent Supportive Housing

    open to eligible people ages 50 years and up

    The homeless population is aging, with an increasing proportion of individuals over age 50 who experience accelerated aging, high rates of mortality, and a high risk of not having their wishes honored at the end of life. The goal of this randomized control trial (RCT) is to test the effectiveness of adapted evidence-based advance care planning (ACP) interventions for formerly chronically homeless older adults living in permanent supportive housing (PSH).

    at UCSF

  • Effectiveness Trial of Two Supportive Cancer Care Delivery Models for Adults With Cancer

    open to eligible people ages 21 years and up

    This cluster-randomized comparative effectiveness trial compares a technology-based supportive cancer care (SCC) approach with a redesigned team-based supportive cancer care (SCC) approach.

    at UCSF

  • Introducing Palliative Care (PC) Within the Treatment of End Stage Liver Disease (ESLD)

    open to eligible people ages 18-120

    This is a comparative effectiveness study of two pragmatic models aiming to introduce palliative care for end stage liver disease patients. The 2 comparators are: Model 1: Consultative Palliative Care (i.e. direct access to Palliative Care provider), Model 2: Trained Hepatologist- led PC intervention (i.e. a hepatologist will receive formal training to deliver Palliative Care services) Primary Outcome: The change in quality of life from baseline to 3 months post enrollment as assessed by FACT-Hep (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy- Hepatobiliary). 14 Clinical Centers across US are recruited to participate in this study.

    at UCSF

  • Video Images About Decisions for Ethical Outcomes in the Emergency Department (VIDEO-ED)

    open to eligible people ages 50 years and up

    A randomized controlled trial of a video decision aid in the Emergency Department Setting to improve advance care planning documentation.

    at UC Davis

  • Voicing My CHOiCES as a Tool for Advanced Care Planning in Young Adults With Cancer

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    Background: - There are very few documents to help young adults living with advanced cancer discuss their concerns and end-of-life preferences. A new document, Voicing My CHOiCES, allows young adults to explain what kind of care they would want if they became unable to communicate or make medical decisions on their own. Researchers want to study if this document is helpful. Objective: - To study if Voicing My CHOiCES can reduce anxiety, improve sense of support, and improve communication about advanced care planning. Eligibility: - Adults 18 to 39 years old being treated for cancer. Design: - Participants will answer questions about their age, gender, employment, religion, health, and marital status. They will also complete several brief questionnaires: 1. General Anxiety Short Form 2. Peace, Equanimity and Acceptance in the Cancer Experience 3. Functional Assessment of Social Support 4. Quality of Communication 5. Prior Communication about Advanced Care Planning - Then a health care professional will introduce Voicing My CHOiCES . Participants will review the document and comment on parts they find relevant. They will also say if any important items are missing. Participants will complete 3 pages of the document with the assistance of a health care provider. They will be asked for positive and negative observations. - The second stage of the study will take place about 1 month later. Participants will repeat the brief questionnaires listed above. They will be asked if they shared any of the preferences they described when completing the 3 pages of Voicing My CHOiCES during visit 1 with a family member, friend, or health care provider. Research staff will ask the participant for permission to contact the people they spoke with in order to learn whether their conversations about the document were helpful. They will ask for feedback on how to make Voicing My CHOiCES more helpful.

    at UC Irvine

  • PALSUR-study: Palliative Care Versus Surgery in High-grade Glioma Patients (ENCRAM 2203)

    open to eligible people ages 18-90

    There is no consensus on the optimal treatment of patients with high-grade glioma, especially when patients have limited functioning performance at presentation (KPS ≤70). Therefore, there are varied practice patterns around pursuing biopsy, resection, or palliation (best supportive care). This study aims to characterize the impact of palliative care versus biopsy versus resection on survival and quality of life in these patients. Also, it will aim to determine if there is a subset of patients that benefit the most from resection or biopsy, for which outcome, and how they could be identified preoperatively. This study is an international, multicenter, prospective, 3-arm cohort study of observational nature. Consecutive HGG patients will be treated with palliative care, biopsy, or resection at a 1:3:3 ratio. Primary endpoints are: 1) overall survival, and 2) quality of life at 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months after initial presentation based on the EQ-5D, EORTC QLQ C30 and EORTC BN 20 questionnaires. Total duration of the study is 5 years. Patient inclusion is 4 years, follow-up is 1 year.

    at UCSF

  • Early Integrated Telehealth Versus In-Person Palliative Care for Patients With Lung Cancer

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This research study is evaluating ways to provide palliative care to patients who have recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and their families.

    at UCSF

  • I CAN DO Surgical ACP

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    The goal of the Advanced Care Planning (ACP) study is to encourage patients aged 65 or older, or with serious illness, who are referred for major elective surgery to have advanced care planning. ACP is also a critical way to support older adults in participating actively with clinicians in making real-time, complex medical decisions so that the medical care they receive is aligned with their goals. Our team has designed and tested a theory-based, interactive ACP patient-facing technology solution (PREPARE) based on the new ACP paradigm of preparing people for communication and medical decision-making. The study team hypothesizes that by including PREPARE into the electronic health record (HER)-centric pre-surgery workflow for older adults and including automated reminders, the study team can empower patients and surgical teams to engage in ACP discussions. Participants will be randomized to Arms: (1) Letter about ACP, PREPARE advanced directive (AD), PREPARE website; (2) Letter, advanced directive (AD), PREPARE plus reminder text/phone messages; (3) Letter, advanced directive (AD,) PREPARE plus reminders plus a healthcare navigator on ACP documentation (discussions and careplans, primary outcome) and patient-reported ACP engagement. Using mixed methods, the study team will assess patients' and surgical care teams' experience with surgery ACP.

    at UC Irvine UCSF

  • 3 Wishes Project in Safety-Net Hospitals

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    Dignified and compassionate end-of-life (EOL) care is a cornerstone of high-quality, patient-centered care, but in safety-net hospitals EOL care is often overlooked, considered too late, or not at all. By eliciting and implementing final wishes for dying patients, the 3 Wishes Project (3WP) has demonstrated, in tertiary academic centers, that acts of compassion can improve the EOL experience and help families cope with loss. The investigators propose to implement the 3WP in safety-net hospitals where there are less resources and more diverse, disadvantaged patient populations, and hypothesize that there will be similar positive effects on the EOL experience for patients, families, and clinicians.

    at UCLA

  • Improving Palliative Care Access Through Technology

    Sorry, currently not accepting new patients, but might later

    This project will focus on developing, optimizing and pilot-testing a multi-component Improving Access Through Technology (ImPAcTT) intervention that leverages existing telehealth technologies to provide staff education; family outreach, engagement and support; care coordination; and resident symptom management and facilitation of goals-of-care discussion.

    at UCSF

  • Pragmatic Trial of Psilocybin Therapy in Palliative Care

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    This multicenter, triple-blind, phase 2, randomized controlled trial will evaluate the efficacy and safety of psilocybin therapy compared to an active control in treating demoralization in adults near the end of life (≤2 years life expectancy).

    at UCLA UCSF

  • UC Health Care Planning Study

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    Using a cluster randomized design at the clinic level, this project will implement and test three real-world, scalable advance care planning interventions among primary care clinics across three University of California health systems. Seriously ill patients identified using data from the electronic health record will receive (1) an advance directive with targeted messaging, (2) intervention 1 plus prompting to engage with the Prepare For Your Care website, or (3) intervention 2 plus engagement from a clinic-based facilitator. A Research cohort of patients will provide complete surveys at baseline, 12 and 24 months. The main outcomes are advance directive completion among the population cohort and goal concordant care among the Research cohort at 12 months.

    at UC Irvine UCLA UCSF

Our lead scientists for End of Life research studies include .

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