Stanford Letter or Traditional Advance Directive in Advance Care Planning in Patients Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplant

2017-01-24 07:38:22 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of the proposed research study is to evaluate whether bone marrow transplant patients prefer the Stanford letter advance care planning tool to the standard Advance directive.

Completion of advance care planning prior to BMT is very important, but not often done. The investigators believe that the Stanford Letter will be preferred by patients and will allow them to feel more comfortable and share more of their wishes with family members and the medical team.


PRIMARY OBJECTIVES I. To compare advance care planning (ACP) completion rate amongst bone marrow transplant (BMT) recipients receiving the Stanford Letter versus the traditional advance directive (AD) through a prospective, pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT).


I. To evaluate differences in patient preference for choice to prolong life following completion of the ACP tool in each group.

II. To assess uncertainty with decision making regarding end of life care following completion of the ACP tool in each group.

III. To explore patient understanding of and satisfaction with the ACP tool in each group.

OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 groups.

GROUP I (INTERVENTION): Patients listen to a dialogue on the purpose of ACP. Patients receive a paper copy and online web link to the Stanford Letter and complete and return the form by the day of BMT. After completion of the Stanford Letter, patients undergo a semi-structured, research staff-led interview to evaluate personal perceptions of uncertainty with end-of-life decisions, understanding of the ACP form received, and satisfaction with the ACP form.

GROUP II (CONTROL): Patients listen to a dialogue on the purpose of ACP. Patients receive a paper copy and online web link to the California (CA) Advance Health Care Directive Form and complete and return the form by the day of BMT. After completion of the CA Advance Health Care Directive Form, patients undergo interview as in Group I.

After completion of study, patients are followed up periodically.

Study Design


Advance Directives


Stanford Letter, Interview, Questionnaire Administration, CA Advance Health Care Directive Form


Stanford University, School of Medicine
Palo Alto
United States


Not yet recruiting


Stanford University

Results (where available)

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