Easing Psychosocial Burden for Informal Caregivers

Easing Psychosocial Burden for Informal Caregivers

The overall goal of this study is to determine the best time to offer Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP), an intervention that has proven to be helpful in improving spiritual well-being and decreasing existential distress among patients with advanced cancer, to caregivers. (MCP has also been shown to be an appropriate method of attending to the palliative or comfort care needs of caregivers of patients with cancer. Studies show that the psychological burden associated with caring for a patient with advanced cancer is often greater than that experienced by the patients themselves.) The investigators would also like to find out about caregivers initial impressions of MCP-C, Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Caregivers, so that the intervention can be adjusted to meet the unique needs of caregivers of patients with Glioblastoma.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Focus Group

Participants will be asked to reflect on their caregiving experience and specifically, when the receipt of a supportive intervention that addresses existential distress would have been most appropriate and well received.

Behavioral - Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Caregivers / MCP-C

MCP-C is structured as a 7-session (1-hour weekly or biweekly sessions) individual intervention that utilizes a mixture of didactics, discussion and experiential exercises that focus around particular themes related to meaning and cancer caregiving

Behavioral - Enhanced Usual Care / EUC

The "enhancement" to usual care in this study involves the inclusion of screening and targeted referral components as suggested by Reynolds et al. [79]. Research study assistants conducting the screening and providing feedback and referrals will be trained in the NCCN guidelines for distress management and will discuss the screening results and associated recommendations with the study PI (NCCN) [63]. As of November, 2017, ICs of patients seen in the Neurology Service at MSKCC are not consistent more on

Improving Palliative Care of Caregivers of Patients With Glioblastoma