Patient-Centered Alternative to Psychiatric Hospitalization for Veterans

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00013169
First received: March 14, 2001
Last updated: April 16, 2014
Last verified: April 2014
  Purpose

A variety of models of psychiatric hospital alternative care have been developed over the past several decades. San Diego�s Short-Term Acute Residential Treatment (START) model is one of the best established of these alternatives, comprising a network of 6 facilities with a total of 77 beds. Although veterans have been among those served at START programs for many years, no previous study of START or any other model has focused specifically on veterans.


Condition Intervention
Veterans
Acute Hospitalization
Behavioral: Strong Patient Focus

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Patient-Centered Alternative to Psychiatric Hospitalization for Veterans

Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Estimated Enrollment: 220
Study Completion Date: September 2002
Arms Assigned Interventions
Arm 1 Behavioral: Strong Patient Focus

Detailed Description:

Background:

A variety of models of psychiatric hospital alternative care have been developed over the past several decades. San Diego�s Short-Term Acute Residential Treatment (START) model is one of the best established of these alternatives, comprising a network of 6 facilities with a total of 77 beds. Although veterans have been among those served at START programs for many years, no previous study of START or any other model has focused specifically on veterans.

Objectives:

The study tested the hypotheses that veterans treated in a START program would demonstrate greater improvement in symptoms and quality of life, as well as greater satisfaction with treatment and lower costs of care than veterans treated at the VA inpatient unit.

Methods:

This study includes elements of both efficacy and effectiveness studies. VA psychiatric unit treatment and START are compared in a randomized trial, with follow up of subjects at 2, 6, and 12 months as they experience real-world treatment-as-usual. Symptoms, functioning, quality of life, and satisfaction with services are assessed on multiple standardized measures, as well as by qualitative assessments.

Status:

Final report is under preparation.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Have to a veteran and in need of acute hospitalization, but able to take care of themselves. (Max Age is 59)

Exclusion Criteria:

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00013169

Locations
United States, California
VA San Diego Health Care System
San Diego, California, United States, 92161
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: James B Lohr, MD BA VA San Diego Health Care System
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00013169     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PCC 98-051
Study First Received: March 14, 2001
Last Updated: April 16, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 21, 2014