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The Effects of Post-hospitalization Telehealth Care in the Patients Who Admitted Via Emergency Department

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01247519
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified October 2010 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : November 24, 2010
Last Update Posted : November 24, 2010
Information provided by:
National Taiwan University Hospital

Brief Summary:
The investigators will perform and evaluate a post-hospitalization telecare system for compensating the discontinuity from the hospitalist care system.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
General Medical Disease Other: Post-hospitalization care Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
At present, Taiwan's population has become an aging society since recent decade. Those older than 65 years had achieved 10.4% in 2008. Meanwhile, the proportion of hosts with underlying comorbid illness or immunocomprised status is increasing worldwide. In the trend of aging population, telehealth care will be important to extend the care system in post-hospitalization home care. In the past, thelehealth care has shown a good executive performance in the patients with congestive heart failure and post-operation follow-up. However, in dealing the patients with acute illness needing hospitalization, the telehealth system has not implemented yet. In regard to National health insurance (NHI) of Taiwan, hospitalization costs a lot in overall budget. Reduction of re-hospitalization in those with/without co-morbidity is a important issue for Taiwan NHI. Therefore, we plan to conduct the telehealth care system in post-hospitalization course in those admitted from emergency department. We observe the re-hospitalization rate and analyze the risk factors. In addition, we hypothesize the telehealth care will decrease the rate of re-hospitalization.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 500 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: The Effects of Post-hospitalization Telehealth Care in the Patients Who Admitted Via Emergency Department
Study Start Date : December 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2011

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: observation
Experimental: Intervention Other: Post-hospitalization care
Post-hospitalization care included telephone call contact for caring after discharge, for opening for question, and for health education.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. readmission [ Time Frame: within 30 days after discharge ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. vist of emergency department [ Time Frame: within 30 days after discharge ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Older than 18 years
  • Discharged alive from our hospitalist-care ward to home care
  • Match diagnosis of general medicine

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Younger than 18 years
  • Discharged to care facility other than home
  • Died in hospital
  • Communication deficits
  • No telephone at home
  • Patient or family refused

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01247519

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Contact: Chin-Chung Shu, M.D 886-2-23123456 ext 62477

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National Taiwan University Hospital Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan, 100
Contact: Chin-Chung Shu, MD.    88623123456 ext 62477   
Principal Investigator: Chin-Chung Shu, M.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Chin-Chung Shu, M.D. National Taiwan University Hospital
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Responsible Party: Chin-Chung Shu, National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT01247519    
Other Study ID Numbers: 200912023R
First Posted: November 24, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 24, 2010
Last Verified: October 2010
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Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes