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Effectiveness of a Health Education Program in a Primary Care Setting

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00012779
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 16, 2001
Last Update Posted : April 7, 2015
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development ( US Department of Veterans Affairs )

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE March 14, 2001
First Posted Date  ICMJE March 16, 2001
Last Update Posted Date April 7, 2015
Study Start Date  ICMJE Not Provided
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Change History
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
 
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Effectiveness of a Health Education Program in a Primary Care Setting
Official Title  ICMJE Effectiveness of a Health Education Program in a Primary Care Setting
Brief Summary This study was designed to assess the effectiveness of a Health Education Program (HEP) for improving the well-being and reducing the health care use and cost of care of frail older outpatient veterans, and for improving the well-being of their spouse caregivers. HEP is a multi-component group program delivered in 8 weekly, 2-hour sessions, and 10 monthly 2-hour follow-up sessions, it includes emotion-focused and problem focused coping strategies, education and support.
Detailed Description

Background:

This study was designed to assess the effectiveness of a Health Education Program (HEP) for improving the well-being and reducing the health care use and cost of care of frail older outpatient veterans, and for improving the well-being of their spouse caregivers. HEP is a multi-component group program delivered in 8 weekly, 2-hour sessions, and 10 monthly 2-hour follow-up sessions, it includes emotion-focused and problem focused coping strategies, education and support.

Objectives:

The objectives of this study are to evaluate: 1) effects of HEP on the perceived health status, emotional well-being, and social support of frail veterans; 2) effects of HEP on the perceived health, emotional well-being, social support, burden levels, self-appraisal of change, pressing problems associated with caregiving, knowledge and use of community resources by caregiver; and 3) effects of HEP on the health care use and costs of care recipients.

Methods:

HEP was evaluated using a randomized control group design. The design has two levels of intervention, HEP vs. Usual Care (UC), 3 VA medical centers (VAMCs), and 4 times of measurement (at baseline, after the 8th HEP meeting, and at 1 and 2 years after baseline). Data reported here are for 8 week and 1-year psychosocial outcomes and 18 months for VA cost. Caregivers and veterans (n = 466) were randomized in 3 VAMCs, 114 to UC and 119 to HEP. The typical caregiver was 68 years old, married, white, female, with some college education and living with the veteran. The typical veteran care recipient was 74 years old, white, male with some college education, and suffered from one or more chronic health problems. Fifteen HEP groups were conducted. Caregivers and recipients were assessed on: 1) health and functional status; 2) emotional well-being; and 3) social support. In addition, caregivers were assessed for change in coping skills, change in burden level, pressing problems, and knowledge and use of community resources. Data was analyzed using random effects regression models.

Status:

Data on two-year outcomes for health and functional status, emotional well-being, and social support of caregivers and veterans, problems associated with caregiving and Medicare plus VA costs are being collected and analyzed for an amended final report.

Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Phase 2
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE Frail Elderly
Intervention  ICMJE Behavioral: Health Education Program
Study Arms  ICMJE Arm 1
Intervention: Behavioral: Health Education Program
Publications * Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Completed
Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: June¬†23,¬†2005)
288
Original Enrollment  ICMJE Same as current
Actual Study Completion Date  ICMJE March 2003
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

Caregiver inclusion criteria: 2) married to, and living with, the care recipient; 2) age 55 and older; 3) being the primary care provider for the care recipient and reporting at least a moderate level of burden on the Caregiver Strain Index; 4) report spouse has poor health care; and 5) receiver age 55 and suffering from chronic health condition.

Exclusion Criteria:

Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 55 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE No
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE United States
Removed Location Countries  
 
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT00012779
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE IIR 95-118
Has Data Monitoring Committee No
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Responsible Party VA Office of Research and Development ( US Department of Veterans Affairs )
Study Sponsor  ICMJE US Department of Veterans Affairs
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE
Principal Investigator: Joseph B. Engelhardt, PhD Albany VA Medical Center Samuel S. Stratton, Albany, NY
PRS Account VA Office of Research and Development
Verification Date June 2005

ICMJE     Data element required by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the World Health Organization ICTRP