Health care coach support to assist with advance care planning and symptom management -A randomized controlled trial. Contemporary clinical trials Patel, M. I., Aguilar, V., Sanchez, B., Sisay, E., Park, D. J. 2021: 106617


Advance care planning and symptom management (supportive cancer care) improves patient experiences and reduces acute care use (hospitalizations and emergency department visits). Strong evidence supports team-based approaches to deliver supportive cancer care. However, no studies have evaluated the use of lay or community health workers to deliver supportive cancer care as compared to usual cancer care. The "Health Care Coach Support" intervention was developed to improve cancer care. The intervention assigns a lay or community health worker "health coach" to all patients newly diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer who aims to educate and activate patients in advance care planning discussions and symptom management with their clinicians. Patients are randomized in a 1:1 allocation to either the 12-month health coach intervention combined with usual oncology care or usual oncology care alone. The primary outcome is to evaluate whether the intervention reduces acute care use measured at 6-months follow-up more than usual care. Secondary outcomes include the effect on acute care, palliative care, and hospice at 12-months follow-up and one month prior to death for patients who die. Additional secondary outcomes include changes in patient satisfaction with decision and patient satisfaction with care from baseline (time of enrollment) to 3-, 6-, 9- and 12-months post-enrollment. The Health Coach Support study addresses an important gap in supportive cancer care by testing whether a team-based approach using non-professional personnel can ensure delivery of these services. Findings can assist in our understanding of how to improve care for patients with cancer. Registration #NCT03154190.

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