The LETS Study: A Longitudinal Evaluation of Transition Services

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified July 2012 by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Colin Macarthur, The Hospital for Sick Children
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00975338
First received: September 10, 2009
Last updated: July 25, 2012
Last verified: July 2012
  Purpose

This project will describe and evaluate the impact of a unique partnership model designed to coordinate transfer of care by formally linking pediatric and adult heath care services. The experiences of young people receiving this model of care will be compared and contrasted against the experiences of young people receiving the current standard of care. Young people with a diagnosis of CP, ABIc, and SB will be followed during the transition period. Preparation for transition, health care, and transfer of care service delivery will be detailed in a process evaluation. An outcome evaluation will measure the ability of the two models of service to enable youth to maintain continuity within the health care system after transitioning from pediatric to adult care. Secondary outcomes, including how health, well-being, social participation, transition readiness, and health care utilization are affected will also be explored.


Condition
Cerebral Palsy
Brain Injuries
Spinal Dysraphism

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The LETS Study: A Longitudinal Evaluation of Transition Services

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Further study details as provided by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • maintenance of continuous care [ Time Frame: September 2009 - September 2013 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • patterns of health care utilization, health, well-being, social participation and transition readiness [ Time Frame: September 2009 - September 2013 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 331
Study Start Date: September 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
Prospective LIFEspan
LIFEspan youths with Cerebral Palsy or Acquired Brain Injury
Prospective Non-LIFEspan
LIFEspan youths with Spina Bifida
Retrospective Non-LIFEspan
Non-LIFEspan youths with Cerebral Palsy or Acquired Brain Injury
LIFEspan Staff
Caregivers
Parents of participating youths

Detailed Description:

Due to advances in medical treatment, most children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy or acquired brain injury can expect to live normal lifespans. As children, these individuals are cared for by expert healthcare providers working in coordinated teams in specialized pediatric settings. As these children reach adulthood, the availability of services and expertise drops dramatically because the adult health care system has not evolved to meet their specialized needs. In addition, transitioning from pediatric to adult services is often very difficult and stressful. Young people and their families must leave familiar healthcare settings and providers, and secure care in unfamiliar adult health care environments.

This proposed project will describe and evaluate the impact of a unique partnership model designed to coordinate transfer of care by formally linking pediatric and adult health care services. The LIFEspan model aims to (a) prepare youth and their families to adapt to adult healthcare provision, (b) provide a coordinated transfer process from pediatric to adult providers, and (c) establish sustainable access and appropriate adult care. The project will detail the specific service delivery that occurs with respect to preparation for transition and transfer of care in a process evaluation. An outcome evaluation will measure the effectiveness of the model in terms of its abilities to enable youth to maintain continuity within the health care system after transitioning from pediatric to adult care. Secondary outcomes, including how health, well-being, social participation, transition readiness, and health care utilization are affected by the LIFEspan model, will also be explored.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 23 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Youth and young adult clients or recent graduates of Bloorview Kids Rehab who have either participated in LIFEspan transition services or have transitioned to adult healthcare without LIFEspan participation

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Prospective groups: 16th Birthday between September 2008 - August 2009, diagnosis of cerebral palsy or acquired brain injury, spina bifida
  • Retrospective group: 16th Birthday between September 2002 - August 2003, diagnosis of cerebral palsy or acquired brain injury

Exclusion Criteria:

  • N/A
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00975338

Locations
Canada, Ontario
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4G 1R8
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Colin Macarthur, PhD The Hospital for Sick Children
Principal Investigator: Mark Bayley, MD Toronto Rehab Institute
  More Information

Publications:
Kingsnorth, S., Lindsay, S., Maxwell, J., Tsybina, I., Seo, H., Macarthur, C., & Bayley, C. (2011). Implementing the LIFEspan model of transition care for youth with childhood onset disabilities. International Journal of Adolescent & Child Health, 3(4), 547-560.

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Colin Macarthur, Associate Chief, Clinical Research, The Hospital for Sick Children
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00975338     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008-ABI-LSMODEL-706
Study First Received: September 10, 2009
Last Updated: July 25, 2012
Health Authority: Canada: Ethics Review Committee

Keywords provided by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital:
health care transition, young adults, rehabilitation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Injuries
Cerebral Palsy
Spinal Dysraphism
Neural Tube Defects
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Trauma, Nervous System
Wounds and Injuries
Brain Damage, Chronic
Nervous System Malformations
Congenital Abnormalities

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