Malignant Neoplasm | Tailoring Patient Education to Perceived Risk for Falls in Hospitalized Oncology Patients

Malignant Neoplasm research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

This randomized pilot clinical trial studies tailored patient educational intervention or standard education in assessing perceived risk for falls in hospitalized oncology patients. A tailored patient educational intervention may be more beneficial than standard education in preventing patients from falling by increasing the patient's knowledge of the risk factors for falling routinely and then providing education in deficit areas. Making patients more aware of the risk factors for falling may lead to greater engagement in preventative activities.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Diagnosis of cancer - Admitted to the third floor of Seidman Cancer Center (SCC) - Cognitively intact (alert, oriented to self, place, and time, and able to participate in the intervention) - Ability to speak, read, and comprehend English Exclusion Criteria: - Nonmalignant diagnosis - Actively dying - Patients with a physician order for bed rest

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

Malignant Neoplasm

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.

Other:Tailored education interventionReceive 2 minute video-assisted intervention on the risk and prevention of falls with tailored hand-outs depending on participant answers about fall risks

Other:Standard fall carePatient are given a generic handout on falling and receive standard care by nurses comprising of a fall risk assessment and verbal education

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.

Arm I (Tailored education intervention)Participants receive a tailored educational intervention on the risk of falls comprising one of four two-minute videos determined by which educational group the participant is placed in: high risk/high perception, high risk/low perception, low risk/high perception, or low risk/low perception. Participants also receive tailored printed educational information concerning hospital falls based on the participants' answers given on the Perceived Risk Survey and are tailored to the participants' perception of falls risk. Participants also complete an investigator-constructed satisfaction survey at 24 and 72 hours post-intervention.

Arm II (standard fall care)Participants receive standard care by nurses comprising a falls risk assessment and verbal education and receive an educational instruction sheet on falls prevention.

Study Status


Start Date: February 2014

Completed Date: September 2015

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Perceived risk for falls grouped according to the nurses assessment of risk using the University Hospitals (UH) Falls Assessment Tool

Secondary Outcome: Relationship between patients perceived risk for falls and nurses risk assessments

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Megan Kuhlenschmidt

Lead Sponsor: Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Collaborator: National Cancer Institute (NCI)

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