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Disseminating a Digital ACP Platform (Our Care Wishes) to Hospitalized Patients

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Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : November 1, 2018
Last Update Posted : November 4, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Scott Halpern, University of Pennsylvania

Brief Summary:

Penn Medicine has created a novel, online, evidence-based advance care planning (ACP) platform through its Center for Health Care Innovation. The platform is called "Our Care Wishes" and utilizes a 'shopping-cart' approach to ACP, allowing users to name surrogate decision makers, make choices about quality of life and medical treatments, outline medical wishes and organ donation, and share preferences for their end of life experience. Our Care Wishes then creates an easy to read, updatable ACP document that can be electronically shared with loved ones and uploaded to a patient's electronic medical record in PennChart.

It is believed that this platform may help to overcome engagement and infrastructure barriers previously identified in the literature regarding the completion of ACP documents. The intervention will consist of multi-channel information dissemination regarding Our Care Wishes to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania patients admitted through two locations (the Emergency Department, Silverstein 1 Admission Office) and outpatients who are seen in Pre-Admission Testing (PAT). All patients visiting these two locations during the intervention phase will receive a paper handout with information regarding Our Care Wishes included in their customary admission folder packet. The registration representative (RR) at these three locations will provide a brief explanation of the site as they check the patients in, as well send the patients a direct link to the site for non-ED admits via email and text message.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hospitalism Behavioral: Our Care Wishes Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 14000 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: The design is a stepped-wedge cluster design in which specific areas of the hospital will adopt the intervention, in sequence. All areas of the hospital will begin in the control phase. 12 weeks into the study period, the first "wedge" or area of the hospital will adopt the Our Care Wishes intervention, 4 weeks after, the next wedge will switch the control phase, the final wedge will adopt the intervention after that.
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Multi-channel Dissemination of Information for Digital Advance Care Planning Platform (Our Care Wishes) to Hospital Admits
Actual Study Start Date : February 25, 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2019

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Usual care
Patients admitted to the hospital will not receive information about Our Care Wishes.
Active Comparator: Intervention: Our Care Wishes
Patients admitted to the hospital during the intervention phase will receive information from registration representatives regarding Our Care Wishes.
Behavioral: Our Care Wishes
A flyer describing the Our Care Wishes platform will be added to the back pocket of admission packets for patients being admitted via the Silverstein 1 Admission Office and the Emergency Department and for patients being seen in the Pre Admission Testing office. Registration reps in these locations will inform all patients seen that Penn has created a free, online resource called Our Care Wishes to help patients with Advance Care Planning and ask if they would like to be sent a link to Our Care Wishes by email or text. For those patients who respond affirmatively, the rep will then complete the necessary fields to refer on

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. New Presence of ACP [ Time Frame: within two months of the index visit ]
    Presence of an uploaded advance care planning document that shares any care wishes or preferences (beyond simply naming a surrogate)

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 99 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult admitted at the University of Pennsylvania via two locations: the Emergency Department, Silverstein 1 admission office;
  • Patients that are seen in the Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) clinic
  • Patients must speak English fluently

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Maternity patients

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03727685

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United States, Pennsylvania
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
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Principal Investigator: Scott D Halpern, Ph.D, MD University of Pennsylvania

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Scott Halpern, Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Identifier: NCT03727685     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 831901
First Posted: November 1, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 4, 2019
Last Verified: November 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: IPD will not be shared

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Scott Halpern, University of Pennsylvania:
Advance care planning