A Casefinding and Referral System for Older Veterans Within Primary Care

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00012740
First received: March 14, 2001
Last updated: February 6, 2014
Last verified: December 2005
  Purpose

Underdiagnosis and undertreatment of elderly persons remains a widespread problem. While many innovative geriatric care programs exist within VHA, we still lack a systematic process for identifying at-risk elders from the larger VA population who are likely to benefit from specialized geriatric services.


Condition Intervention
Depression
Incontinence
Cognitive Impairment
Behavioral: Casefinding and Referral System

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Casefinding and Referral System for Older Veterans Within Primary Care

Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Estimated Enrollment: 792
Study Completion Date: September 2001
Arms Assigned Interventions
Arm 1 Behavioral: Casefinding and Referral System

Detailed Description:

Background:

Underdiagnosis and undertreatment of elderly persons remains a widespread problem. While many innovative geriatric care programs exist within VHA, we still lack a systematic process for identifying at-risk elders from the larger VA population who are likely to benefit from specialized geriatric services.

Objectives:

Our goal is to improve care for at-risk older veterans through a comprehensive system of casefinding, assessment, referral and follow-up within the primary care setting. We hypothesize that subjects receiving this intervention will have more complete evaluation and treatment for selected geriatric conditions (i.e., falls, urinary incontinence, functional status impairments, depression, and cognitive deficits), better continuity of care, less decline in functional status, and better general health than subjects receiving usual care.

Methods:

This randomized controlled trial is being performed at the Sepulveda VA Outpatient Clinic. The study sample is composed of community-dwelling veterans aged 65 and older who are not receiving VA geriatric services. Veterans are mailed a health screening survey to identify those at risk for decline based on criteria established in pilot work. At-risk respondents who are in the intervention group receive a structured telephone assessment (casefinding) and referral to appropriate geriatric services, including a geriatric assessment and teaching clinic integrated with primary care, and telephone case management. Subjects in the control group receive usual care. Major outcome measures collected by telephone interview at baseline, 12, 24, and 36 months include functional status, self-rated health, satisfaction, and health care utilization. Medical records are reviewed for evidence of evaluation and treatment of the target conditions.

Status:

Data collection for this project was completed on September 30, 2001. The subject recruitment phase was completed in August, 1998. Collection of 36 month follow-up data has been completed for all subjects enrolled. Data analysis and preparation of publication is in press.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Subjects have to have a score of 4 or higher in a screening questionnaire and have been seen at clinic in the past 18 months.

Exclusion Criteria:

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Locations
United States, California
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Sepulveda, CA
Sepulveda, California, United States, 91343
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Laurence Z. Rubenstein, MD MPH VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles, CA
Principal Investigator: Cathy A. Alessi, MD VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Sepulveda, CA
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00012740     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IIR 95-050
Study First Received: March 14, 2001
Last Updated: February 6, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depression
Cognition Disorders
Behavioral Symptoms
Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, Cognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 01, 2014