Trial record 15 of 116 for:    Orthostatic Hypotension

Orthostatic Hypotension in Rehabilitation Patients

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier:
First received: June 30, 2005
Last updated: September 20, 2013
Last verified: September 2013

The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence and clinical course of orthostatic hypotension (OH) on a rehabilitation and nursing home unit during their inpatient stay and to initiate a standardized, interdisciplinary treatment plan for patients with OH and determine the effect of treatment on the clinical course of OH during their inpatient stay.

Condition Intervention
Hypotension, Orthostatic
Other: Treatment 1
Drug: Treatment 2
Other: Treatment 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Orthostatic Hypotension in Rehabilitation Patients

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Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Orthostatic hypotension at discharge [ Time Frame: Last three blood pressures prior to discharge ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 341
Study Start Date: November 2005
Study Completion Date: September 2008
Primary Completion Date: September 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Arm 1
Stepped intervention consisting of three treatment phases
Other: Treatment 1
Patient Education Physical Therapy Exercises Increased Salt Intake Elevation of head of bed with 2-4 inch wedge Medication Review by MD, Pharmacist
Drug: Treatment 2
Fludrocortisone Salt tablets
Other: Treatment 3
Individualized treatment based on subspecialty or orthostatic hypotension consultation at the medical center

Detailed Description:

This study is a prospective, quasi-experiment conducted in two consecutive phases. During the observation phase, eligible patients are identified and followed through their usual course of care in the nursing home/rehabilitation unit. During the intervention phase, patients enrolled who have OH will receive the intervention. Patients will be enrolled over two research phases and we expect to evaluate 459 subjects. This research program will occur over a three-year period.


During Phase I, baseline prevalence and natural history of OH will be determined by: enrolling consecutive appropriate subjects (able to stand, not end of life care) from a rehabilitation and nursing home unit and measuring OH 3 times weekly over their inpatient stay. In addition, chart review of diagnoses, medications, functional status, nutrition, and adverse events will be evaluated and correlated with clinical status. During Phase II, we will implement a standardized, interdisciplinary (MD/RN/PT/Dietician) treatment plan for patients with OH. This will include chart review of diagnoses, medications, functional status, nutrition, adverse events, and correlation with clinical status. The goals of the interventions are to identify and treat the underlying causes of OH in rehabilitation patients. Based upon the comprehensive assessment, intervention participants will receive a standardized, interdisciplinary treatment regime.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

- Admitted to Vancouver VA Nursing Home or Rehabilitation ward

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to stand upon admission
  • Hospice admission
  • Respite admission
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00117585

United States, Oregon
VA Medical Center, Portland
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97201
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: David H. Hickam, MD MPH Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier: NCT00117585     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: E3616-R
Study First Received: June 30, 2005
Last Updated: September 20, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
Blood pressure

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hypotension, Orthostatic
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Orthostatic Intolerance
Primary Dysautonomias
Autonomic Nervous System Diseases
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