Caregiver Burden Within the Ambulatory Extended Recovery (AXR) Patient Population


The purpose of this study is to understand the level of caregiver burden related to caring for a patient who goes home within the first 24 hours following surgery. As the caregiver they are providing care to a family member, friend, or neighbor. Even when not formally trained, the care they provide is important to the patient's recovery. Providing care in this manner can be stressful. This study will help us understand what aspects of the patient's recovery are most difficult for the caregiver.

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Prospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: August 2018


  • Behavioral: Caregiver Reaction Assessment (CRA)
  • Behavioral: The Caregiver Quality of Life – Cancer (CQOLC)

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • patient and caregivers
    • This is a prospective cohort study. Four questionnaires will be used to collect data from caregivers: demographic and socioeconomic data will be collected from the caregiver before the patient’s surgery, and caregiver burden information will be collected 15 (+/- 3) days after surgery.

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Caregiver Reaction Assessment (CRA) score
    • Time Frame: 1 year
    • in the AXR patient population. Burden will be defined as both a total CRA score and sub scores and will be summarized using descriptive statistics. CRA total score of 72 and subscale scores of 3 or greater will be used to indicate high levels of caregiver

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Caregiver/patient pairs undergoing surgery for an indication tracked within the Breast, Gynecology, Head and Neck, and Urology AXR program – English speaking – Patients willing to provide demographic, surgical, and outcome information – Caregivers willing to provide demographic, socioeconomic, and caregiver experience information – Caregivers willing to complete the caregiver burden measurement scales Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients undergoing surgery within the AXR pathway that do not have a caregiver – Non-English speaking patients or caregivers – Patients unwilling to provide demographic and surgical information – Caregivers unwilling to provide demographic, socioeconomic, or caregiver experience information or unwilling to complete the caregiver burden measurement scales

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Mindy Sovel, MPH, Principal Investigator, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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