Livonia, Michigan


This study is a pilot test of an intervention to train family caregivers of home hospice patients about recognizing and treating shortness of breath.

Study summary:

Shortness of breath is a prevalent symptom causing distress among patients at the end of life. In home hospice care family caregivers are expected to assist their family member with symptom management. This is often accomplished with little or no training. The investigators have developed a bundle of training materials targeted for family caregivers of home hospice patients at risk for shortness of breath. The investigators will pilot test the intervention in this clinical trial. A future randomized clinical trial is planned and the evidence from this pilot will enhance the planning of that future trial.


Inclusion Criteria: - Patient in home hospice care with an estimated survival of 3-4 weeks, at risk for dyspnea secondary to lung cancer, COPD, or heart failure. - Family caregiver in patient's home must speak and read English. Exclusion Criteria: - Patients with bulbar ALS or quadriplegia.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Margaret L. Campbell, PhD
Wayne State University

Margaret L. Campbell, PhD
Phone: 313-577-5726

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Livonia, Michigan
United States

James Boals, MD

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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