Glioma patients in outpatient care - Optimization of psychosocial care in neuro-oncological patients (GLIOPT): Protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial [post]

Mirjam Renovanz, Melina Hippler, Martin Voss, Jens Wehinger, Almuth F. Keßler, Jens Gempt, Minou Nadji-Ohl, Carolin Weiß Lucas, Marion Rapp, Martin Misch, Jan Coburger, Marcus Mehlitz (+6 others)
2020 unpublished
Background: Patients with high-grade gliomas (HGG) often suffer from high distress and require psychosocial support. However, due to neurological and neurocognitive deficits, adequate assessment of distress and support needs remains a challenging unmet clinical need. The objective of the present study is to investigate whether a systematic implementation of signaling questions into the routine outpatient consultation will be helpful to bridge this gap.Methods and design:This is a multicenter
more » ... is a multicenter cluster randomized study with two arms. Randomization is done on a cluster level with 13 hospitals providing regular neuro-oncological outpatient services conducted by neurologists and/or neurosurgeons. The intervention will include an assessment of psychosocial distress of patients in doctor-patient-conversation compared to assessment of psychosocial distress via questionnaire (control, standard of care). In total, 616 HGG patients will be enrolled. The outcome will be the number of HGG patients with increased psychosocial distress who receive professional support from psychosocial services. Secondary endpoints are inter alia number of patients reporting psychosocial distress and unmet needs detected correctly by the respective method; quality of life; psychological well-being and burden of the patients before and after doctor-patient consultation as well as the length of the doctor-patient-consultation. Discussion: Patients with HGG are confronted with an oncological diagnosis and at the same time with high symptom burden. This often leads to distress, which is not always adequately recognized and treated. So far, only a limited number of adequate instruments are available to assess HGG patient's distress. Yet, an adequate care and support network might facilitate the course of the disease and tumor therapies for patients. Our hypothesis is that an assessment conducted directly by attending doctors and in which the doctors talk to patients with HGG will be more effective than an assessment via a questionnaire, leading to better identifying patients in need for support. This may lead to an improvement of health care in these patients. Further, this method might be implemented also in other brain tumor patients (e.g. patients with brain metastases).Trial registration: Register: German Clinical Trials Register, registration number: DRKS00018079Registration date: 3rd September 2019, URL:
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:aeltxgmycbfl7i5ixzzboncy4e