QOLP-18. A TIME-BASED MODEL OF EARLY PALLIATIVE CARE INTERVENTION IN PATIENTS WITH NEWLY DIAGNOSED GLIOBLASTOMA, A SINGLE INSTITUTION FEASIBILITY STUDY
There is no validated model for delivering palliative care (PC) in the glioblastoma (GBM) population. The primary objectives were to assess the feasibility and determine the acceptability of a time-based model of integrated specialty PC to patients and providers. Secondary objectives were to estimate the impact on healthcare utilization and quality of life (QoL) compared to historical controls.
We consented and referred patients to PC at their initial Neuro-Oncology consultation between 4/2018 and 5/2019. We conducted QoL assessments (NCCN Distress Tool; Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Brain (FACT-BR); Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Fatigue (FACIT-F); Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS)) at (1) baseline (2) immediately after chemoradiation, and (3) 6 months following chemoradiation. Ongoing PC follow-up was at the discretion of the PC provider. We administered the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) before and after PC visits. We measured patient and referring provider satisfaction using FAMCARE-16 and a PC departmental survey, respectively.
We did not meet our goal enrollment of 50 patients. 32 were offered participation, 12 consented and 8 attended at least one PC visit. The mean number of PC visits was 1.6. Mean age was 62 (42–79). 75% had a KPS ≥80. Of those that did not complete the study, 2 died and 5 either withdrew consent or declined further visits. At baseline, 91.7 % had a NCCN distress score ≥4. Patients were overall satisfied with the intervention.
Introduction of specialty PC at the time of GBM diagnosis is challenging. Participants reported their experience as overall positive. Results from referring providers are pending. Due to low-enrollment we did not pursue further statistical comparisons regarding healthcare utilization compared to historical controls.
Johnson, M; Ramirez, L; Herndon, J; Massey, W; Lipp, E; Affronti, M; Kim, J-Y; Friedman, H; Desjardins, A; Randazzo, D; Ashley, D; Casarett, D; Peters, K
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24th Annual Scientific Meeting and Education Day of the Society for Neuro-Oncology
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