Pilot Feasibility of the Pediatric Cancer Resource Equity (PediCARE) Intervention

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute




Other Cancer


Other: PediCARE
Other: Usual Care

Study type


Funder types



1K07CA211847-01 (U.S. NIH Grant/Contract)

Details and patient eligibility


The goal of this new intervention is to make it easier for families to meet their basic household needs during childhood cancer treatment. The investigators want to learn how to best use PediCARE to help care for families.

Full description

The investigators know from previous studies that in addition to the basic worries about a child's cancer therapy, many families experience financial stress during their child's treatment. Financial stress may include difficulty paying the rent or mortgage, keeping the electricity or heat on, or putting food on the table. One of the investigators' research goals is to find ways to decrease the financial impact of treatment on each family, and make sure that financial stress does not impact a child's experience during treatment. The investigators have developed a new supportive care intervention called PediCARE (which stands for Pediatric Cancer Resource Equity) which provides support for groceries (using an online grocery delivery service called Instacart) and transportation to and from the hospital (using rides through services such as Uber and Lyft). The investigators have evaluated the PediCARE support program in a small group of parents and used feedback from these parents to improve PediCARE. The investigators are now ready to do a feasibility study to find out whether the investigators can reliably deliver the PediCARE intervention to families. This type of study is called a feasibility study. The goal of this research study is to learn whether the investigators can successfully give the PediCARE support program to families-in other words, whether most families are interested in participating in a randomized study about the PediCARE support program and whether they use the PediCARE support program during the study. The investigators will also begin to understand whether the PediCARE support program reduces financial stress for families during therapy. Long-term, the investigators plan to test the PediCARE support program in a larger group of randomized families to answer the question of whether PediCARE reduces financial stress for families and improves outcomes during cancer treatment


40 patients




1 day to 17 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Child newly diagnosed with cancer within 2 months;
  • Planned receipt of at least 4 cycles of chemotherapy at DFCI or UAB;
  • Parent/guardian screened positive for HMH*;
  • Child is <18 years at time of enrollment

In accordance with previous research1 families will be operationalized as having HMH for eligibility purposes if they report at least one of the below four concrete needs assessed during routine clinical care as follows:

  • Food insecurity.
  • Housing Insecurity.
  • Energy Insecurity.
  • Transportation Insecurity.

HMH screening is performed as standard of care by site-specific psychosocial providers.

Exclusion criteria

  • Child with diagnosis of relapsed cancer;
  • Child planned to receive fewer than 4 cycles of chemotherapy
  • Child planned to receive observation, radiation or surgical resection only;
  • Planned transfer of child to a non-DFCI or UAB facility for chemotherapy treatment;
  • Foreign national family receiving cancer care as an Embassy-pay patient;
  • Child is enrolled on DFCI 16-001 (due to ongoing embedded descriptive HMH study)

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care



Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


None (Open label)

40 participants in 2 patient groups

Experimental group
PediCARE Administered x6 mos Resource Provision: Monthly Groceries (delivery via Instacart) Resource Provision: Transport to/from home/hospital 8x per month (via RideHealth)
Other: PediCARE
Usual Care
Active Comparator group
The control group will receive usual supportive care
Other: Usual Care

Trial contacts and locations



Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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