Title: Improving Self-Management in Head and Neck Cancer1

Principal Investigator: Hoda Badr, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York

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Description: For this randomized, interventional study (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02409485), researchers are evaluating the effectiveness and feasibility of a home-delivered couples skill-training (CST) psychosocial intervention for couples in which one partner has head and neck cancer.

There are 2 trial arms: in arm 1 (CST), patients and their partners are given a workbook and have 6, 1-hour sessions with a trained interventionist to educate each couple about side effect management, communication, and communal coping strategies. In arm 2, standard care is provided by the patient’s health care team.

The primary outcome is recruitment and retention; secondary outcomes include hospitalizations/unplanned clinic visits and patient/partner quality of life.

For more study information, including inclusion and exclusion criteria, study locations, and contact information, visit https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02409485.

Status: This study is open and recruiting patients as of March 16, 2017.

This study is sponsored by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute.


  1. Clinicaltrials.gov. Improving self-management in head and neck cancer. NCT02409485. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02409485. Accessed March 16, 2017.