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Development and Psychometric Testing of a Pediatric Chronic Graft- Versus-Host Disease (GVHD) Symptom Scale (PCSS)

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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Sponsoring Institute

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Recruitment Detail

Type: Participants currently recruited/enrolled
Gender: Male & Female
Min Age: 5 Years
Max Age: N/A

Referral Letter Required


Population Exclusion(s)

Non-English Speaking


Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT);
Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant;
Graft Vs Host Disease;
Natural History

Recruitment Keyword(s)



Graft vs Host Disease

Investigational Drug(s)


Investigational Device(s)




Supporting Site

National Cancer Institute


Some children/adolescents who have had a stem cell transplant live with chronic graft-versus-host-disease (cGVHD). cGVHD is a side effect of the transplant that can cause multiple bothersome symptoms and negatively affect a child/adolescent squality of daily life. The questionnaires that measure thesymptoms caused by cGVHD are designed for adults. Children/adolescents may not describe their symptoms in the same way. The goal of this research is to improve the way we measure how bothersome these symptoms are for children/adolescents living with cGVHD.


To develop a questionnaire (The Pediatric cGHVD Symptom Scale) for children/adolescents living with cGVHD to identify the symptoms they are experiencing and describe how bothersome those symptoms are to them. An additional goal is to design a parent/guardian companion questionnaire that can be used to capture the symptom experiences of very young children who may not be able to complete a questionnaire.


Children/adolescents ages 5-17 who are receiving treatment for cGVHD after a stem cell transplant, and their parent/guardian..


This study consists of 2 projects.

Children/adolescents with cGVHD and their parent/guardianparticipants will be grouped by the child/adolescent s age: 5-7, 8-12, and 13-17.

In project 1, participants will complete an age-appropriate questionnaire about cGVHD symptoms. The questionnaire will ask about the child/adolescent s physical functioning and emotional well-being. The parent/guardian will out fill out a companion questionnaire online. The child/adolescent will then review their completed questionnaire during an interview with a researcher and will be asked whether the questions about their symptoms were difficult to understand. The parent/guardian and child/adolescent will then be interviewed together to further explore their responses to the questionnaires. Interviews will be done in person, by phone, and online. . Based on what is learned through these interviews, the wording of the questionnaire will be improved for better comprehension and ease of response.

In project 2, participants will complete this revised questionnairefor their age group along with some other questionnaires that ask about quality of life. Both the child/adolescent and parent/guardian will fill out the questionnaires online at three separate time points.

In both projects, children/adolescents with cGVHD and their parent/guardian participants will be grouped by the child/adolescent s age: 5-7, 8-12, and 13-17.

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Pediatric Subject Inclusion Criteria:

-Children aged 5 to 17 years old, who have undergone prior allogeneic stem cell transplant

-Clinical diagnosis of cGVHD

-Currently receiving systemic treatment for cGVHD (including phototherapies), or has had systemic therapy for cGVHD tapered to discontinuation within the past 12 months

-No evidence of malignant disease relapse including molecular relapse and minimal residual disease. Patients with mixed chimerism are eligible to participate

-Subject must have an eligible caregiver proxy who is willing to participate in the study.

-Parent or guardian ability and willingness to sign a written informed consent document

-Subjects must be able to comprehend and speak the English language

-Subjects may participate in both Project 1 and Project 2 of the study. Participation in Project 1 is not required in order to be eligible to participate in Project 2.

Caregiver Proxy Inclusion Criteria

-Adult, >18 years of age, caregiver of participating subject

-Must be willing and able to provide informed consent.

-Must be able to comprehend and speak the English language


Patients may be excluded from this study if in the judgment of the Principal or Associate Investigator, the subject is too ill, or subject s cognitive ability would compromise their ability to participate in study related procedures.

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Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

Lori Wiener, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institutes of Health
Building 10
Room 1-6466
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(240) 760-6419

Lori Wiener, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institutes of Health
Building 10
Room 1-6466
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(240) 760-6419

NCI Referral Office
National Institute of Health Clinical Center (CC), 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, United States: NCI Clinical Trials Referral Office

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