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Dehydration | Physician Perceptions About Parenteral Hydration in Latin America and Spain

Dehydration research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this study is to assess palliative care physicians' attitudes, beliefs and practice patterns related to parenteral hydration at the end of life in Latin America and Spain. Objectives: 1. To assess palliative care physicians' attitudes, beliefs and practice patterns related to parenteral hydration at the end of life in Latin America and Spain. 2. To assess cross-national differences in practice patterns related to parenteral hydration at the end of life. (Latin America vs. Spain). 3. To determine the percentage of physicians who practice parenteral hydration at the end-of-life in the hospital setting and the home setting. 4. To examine the association between providers' parenteral hydration practice patterns and: - 1. provider demographic characteristics; - 2. specific characteristics of their practice settings; and - 3. training and experience in end of life care; 5. To determine which factors most predict the practice of parenteral hydration at the end of life among palliative care physicians.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Palliative care physicians practicing in Latin America and Spain and affiliated with either the ALCP or SECPAL. 2. Physicians must report dedicating at least 30% of their practice to palliative care. 3. Physician must be 18 years of age or older. Exclusion Criteria: 1) None

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Dehydration

Advanced Cancers

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:Survey10-15 minute online survey to assess palliative care physicians' attitudes, beliefs and practice patterns related to parenteral hydration at the end of life in Latin America and Spain.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Online SurveySurvey of Palliative care physicians from Latin America and Spain

Study Status

Recruiting

Start Date: January 2010

Completed Date: January 2020

Phase:

Type: Observational

Design:

Primary Outcome: Percentage of terminally ill cancer patients overall that receive an order of parenteral hydration as reported by physicians

Secondary Outcome:

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Isabel Torres, MPH, DRPH

Lead Sponsor: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Collaborator:

More information:https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01011140

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