Ontario-Wide CALM Supervision Study

Pilot Study Evaluating CALM Clinical Supervision for Clinicians

Study Objectives:

  • We are conducting a pilot study to test the feasibility, efficacy and experience of implementing CALM clinical case supervision, to train oncology healthcare clinicians across Ontario in the delivery of CALM therapy
  • The study will assess clinician-level and patient-level outcomes

Format of Supervision:

  • Clinical supervision will be delivered via small-group videoconference or in-person meetings 
  • Meetings will be held weekly or bi-weekly (depending on clinician availability)
  • Supervision will be led by Dr. Sarah Hales, psychiatrist and co-creator of CALM therapy

Recruitment and Eligibility:

  • We will recruit 20 clinicians from across Ontario, and 40 of their patients, over 2 years
  • Clinicians will be: healthcare professionals who have attended a CALM training workshop, are fluent in English, and are employed in a role where they provide direct clinical care to advanced cancer patients
  • Their patients will be: ≥ 18 years of age, fluent in English, able to provide informed consent, have a diagnosis of metastatic cancer, and suitable CALM therapy candidates

Clinicial Commitment:

  • Participation in weekly or bi-weekly supervision meetings plus delivery of CALM therapy
  • Completion of 2 CALM therapy cases competently under supervision (approx. 6-12 months)

For more information, please contact:

Study investigator Dr. Sarah Hales, at: sarah.hales@uhn.ca, or
Study coordinator Joanna Shnall, at: jshnall@uhnresearch.ca

This research study is being funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s AFP Innovation Fund, and has received Research Ethics Approval from Clinical Trials Ontario.

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