Coaching for Family Caregivers of People with Advanced Cancer from Rural and Minority Communities identifier:
NCT04318886 (

Quality of Life
Quality of life study for caregivers involving in-person or telephone coaching sessions

Study Contact Information:

Sally Engler, MPH, (205) 996-7564, [email protected]

About the Study

This study provides coaching to urban African Americans and rural White or African American families with cancer who live in the Southeast. The study is only enrolling people at the two sites listed below. Navigators working with an outpatient palliative care team, provide six health coaching sessions either in person or over the phone to help with managing stress and coping, getting and asking for help, improving caregiving skills, and decision-making/advance care planning Monthly follow-up is also provided from diagnosis through early bereavement.

What the Study Involves

Participants will be randomly assigned to usual care or are paired with a navigator coach. Family caregivers receive a series of six, brief 20–60-minute telehealth sessions focused on stress management and coping, caregiving skills, getting help, self-care, and preparing for the future/advanced care planning. After the core sessions, caregivers receive monthly follow-up from the care team until the patient's death. Caregiver and patient outcomes are collected at the beginning of the study and every 12 weeks until the patient's death.

Study Sites


University of Alabama at Birmingham
Contact: Sally Engler, MPH, (205) 996-7564, [email protected]

University of South Alabama, Mitchell Cancer Institute
Contact: Sally Engler, MPH, (205) 996-7564, [email protected]


This Study is Open To:

FAMILY CAREGIVERS (21 years or older)

PATIENTS (data collection only, 21 years or older)

*Contact your doctors or the study coordinators for a complete list of inclusion criteria.

This Study is Not Open To:



*Contact your doctors or the study coordinators for a complete list of exclusion criteria.


FORCE is a national nonprofit organization, established in 1999. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by adult hereditary cancers.