Intervening with Cancer Caregivers to Improve Patient Health Outcomes and Optimize Health Care Utilization (R21)

PAR-16-318
Intervening with Cancer Caregivers to Improve Patient Health Outcomes and Optimize Health Care Utilization (R21)
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health

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Breast cancer care
Purpose

This purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote research on interventions designed to support caregivers of adult cancer patients. Interventions that are appropriate for this FOA may be intended to provide caregivers with care training, promote coping skills, and ultimately help them manage care. Outcomes of such interventions are expected to (1) optimize patient health care utilization, (2) improve caregiver well-being, and (3) improve patient physical health and psychosocial outcomes.

Applications submitted to this FOA should be exploratory and novel. These studies should break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications. Whereas this FOA is for pilot/exploratory projects, a companion FOA of identical scientific scope (PAR-16-317) is meant for well-developed projects supported by preliminary data.

Background

Informal/family cancer caregivers are individuals who manage care for cancer patients, usually a friend or family member. The care that they manage is typically uncompensated, delivered at home, involves significant amounts of time and energy, and requires the performance of tasks that may be physically, emotionally, socially, or financially demanding. Caregiving tasks can include monitoring for treatment side effects, helping manage symptom burden, treatment decision-making, administering medication, and performing some technical medical tasks (e.g., managing infusion ports, changing dressings). Cancer treatment is now more frequently provided in outpatient and community-based centers, which increases the day-to-day demands on informal caregivers. As lay supporters, caregivers are often underprepared to perform the many tasks required of them and this can lead to negative health consequences. Given that the prevalence of people, in particular older adults, living with cancer is growing, the number of cancer caregivers can also be expected to grow. This anticipated growth will be accompanied by simultaneous increases in the demands placed on caregivers, compounded by the fact that cancer care continues to move further into the outpatient and home settings. The physical and psychosocial health (e.g., comorbidities, depression) of patients and their caregivers are often related, suggesting a need to intervene to improve outcomes for both caregivers and patients.

Specific Research Objectives

Applications submitted to this FOA should propose intervention studies that target a combination of the cancer caregiving outcomes in the following three areas:

1. Healthcare utilization outcomes (e.g., patient readmission to the hospital, number of emergency room visits, caregiver use of health care services, and caregiver use of cancer support services);

2. Caregiver well-being outcomes (lower burden, higher capacity, and better quality of life), and

3. Patient health outcomes (e.g., physical health, symptom burden, health-related quality of life and functioning).

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-16-318
Funding Opportunity Title: Intervening with Cancer Caregivers to Improve Patient Health Outcomes and Optimize Health Care Utilization (R21)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Health
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:
CFDA Number(s): 93.395 — Cancer Treatment Research
93.399 — Cancer Control
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: Jun 08, 2016
Last Updated Date: Jun 08, 2016
Original Closing Date for Applications: Apr 11, 2019  
Current Closing Date for Applications: Apr 11, 2019  
Archive Date: May 12, 2019
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Award Ceiling: $200,000

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:
Independent school districts
Private institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
City or township governments
Small businesses
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
State governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
County governments
Special district governments
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility: Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government; Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations); Regional Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; U.S. Territory or Possession; Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply. Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.

Additional Information

Agency Name: National Institutes of Health
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for intervention research designed to support caregivers of adult cancer patients. Interventions supported by this FOA are intended to provide caregivers with care training, promote coping skills, and ultimately help them manage care. Outcomes of such interventions are expected to (1) optimize patient health care utilization, (2) improve caregiver well-being, and (3) improve patient physical health and psychosocial outcomes.
Link to Additional Information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-318.html
Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

NIH OER Webmaster FBOWebmaster@OD.NIH.GOV
If you have any problems linking to this funding announcement, please contact the NIH OER Webmaster

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