Trial document




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  DRKS00006242

Trial Description

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Title

Cultural Models of Dying. A participant observation with dying persons.

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Trial Acronym

Cultural Models of Dying

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URL of the Trial

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Brief Summary in Lay Language

Within the field of research about dying processes, many studies about the perception of dying are made by professionals (e.g. physicians, nurses, etc). But few articles and books refer directly to the lived experience of dying by dying people themselves. In my current work, I try to fill this gap with an extended ethnographic field study with terminally ill people in Germany.

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Brief Summary in Scientific Language

My aim is to line out the implicit and explicit moral guidelines that lead my informants to evaluate aspects of their dying process as “good”, “bad” – or in between. Additionally, I want to find out how ambivalences in these evaluations open up spaces of individual choice, as well as transformations of moral standards that the informants have counted as crucial for a bearable dying phase before they got terminally ill. After the completion of my study, I hope to be able to give an outline of the personal experiences, emotional processes and structural inhibitions that dying people go through; and if there are ideas or practices that seem to be communalities.

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Organizational Data

  •   DRKS00006242
  •   2014/07/15
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  •   Approved
  •   14-166, Ethik-Kommission der Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität zu Köln
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Secondary IDs

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Health Condition or Problem studied

  •   Basic research about cultural models of dying and how they are experienced or evaluated as positive or negative, or in between.
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Interventions/Observational Groups

  •   Participant observation and interviews with terminal care patients. The patients will be accompanied during their everyday activities, their experiences will be outlined and categorized.
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Characteristics

  •   Non-interventional
  •   Observational study
  •   Single arm study
  •   Open (masking not used)
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  •   Uncontrolled/Single arm
  •   Other
  •   Single (group)
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  •   N/A
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Primary Outcome

Ten to twenty participant observations are finished; the categories out of this research could be checked via interviews; an outline of general models of dying in Germany could be sketched.

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Secondary Outcome

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Countries of Recruitment

  •   Germany
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Locations of Recruitment

  • Medical Center 
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Recruitment

  •   Actual
  •   2014/08/11
  •   20
  •   Monocenter trial
  •   National
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Inclusion Criteria

  •   Both, male and female
  •   18   Years
  •   no maximum age
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Additional Inclusion Criteria

1. Persons require palliative care. 2. Persons are able to communicate in German or English. 3. Persons are in the physical and psychic condition to participate in the study. 4. Written permission. 5. Persons are eighteen years of age, or older.

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Exclusion Criteria

1. Persons are not willing to participate. 2. Persons do not sign the agreement paper or cancel their agreement. 3. Persons do not feel at ease during the participant observation. 4. Persons suffer from dementia, or are otherwise not in full possession of their emotional and/or cognitive potential. 5. Persons are not able to evaluate what their agreement to the study actually means.

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Addresses

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    • Institut für Ethnologie, Universität zu Köln
    • M.A.  Mira  Menzfeld 
    • Albertus-Magnus-Platz
    • 50935  Köln
    • Germany
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    • Institut für Ethnologie der Universität zu Köln
    • Ms.  M.A.  Mira  Menzfeld 
    • Albertus-Magnus-Platz
    • 50923  Köln
    • Germany
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    • Institut für Ethnologie der Universität zu Köln
    • Ms.  M.A.  Mira  Menzfeld 
    • Albertus-Magnus-Platz
    • 50923  Köln
    • Germany
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Sources of Monetary or Material Support

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    • Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
    • Ahrstraße
    • 4153175  Bonn
    • Germany
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Status

  •   Recruiting complete, follow-up complete
  •   2016/09/21
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Trial Publications, Results and other Documents

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