Aftercare in the Community Health Center

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified January 2014 by Norwegian University of Science and Technology
St. Olavs Hospital
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Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier:
First received: October 30, 2012
Last updated: January 27, 2014
Last verified: January 2014

This is a trial to examine the effects of aftercare for mental health patients in community health center (Leistad). Recruitment occurs among hospitalized patients in psychiatric hospitals (Østmarka). After discharge, patients will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: intervention group (community health center, primary care) or control group (Community mental health centers of District Psychiatric Service, specialist care).

The project's primary objective is to investigate the effect of community services on patients' functional capacity and user satisfaction after discharge. Secondly, the number of treatment days and readmissions to mental health care will be examined. The project will also compare costs of hospitalization, in psychiatric hospital and community health center respectively. Data will be collected from community health records, medical records and patient systems in psychiatric hospital, community mental health centers of District Psychiatric Service (DPS) and questionnaires filled out by patients.

Condition Intervention
Mental Disorders
Other: Community Health center
Other: Control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Aftercare in the Community Health Center - a Venue for Identifying and Coordinating Community Services

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Further study details as provided by Norwegian University of Science and Technology:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Consumption of community health service [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Measure different types of community health services in hours per week.

  • Need for community health services [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Using IPLOS (Norw. individbasert pleie- og omsorgsstatistikk) form with 17 variables to identify patient needs

  • User satisfaction [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    A qualitative analysis of interviews of 10 patients who have been admitted to the District Psychiatric Service and community health center.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of treatment days [ Time Frame: One year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Number of treatment days in hospital and District Psychiatric Service compared with number of treatment days in community health center.

  • Readmission [ Time Frame: One year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Readmission in hospital.

  • The total costs of inpatient and total costs of all health care after discharge [ Time Frame: One year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Costs per day in hospital; Costs per day for District Psychiatric Service; Costs per day in community health center

Estimated Enrollment: 140
Study Start Date: January 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Community Health center
Aftercare in a community Health center
Other: Community Health center
Observation of the functioning and coordination of health care before discharge to own home.
Active Comparator: Control
AFtercare as usual in hospital/Mental health centers of District Psychiatric Service (DPS.
Other: Control
standard aftercare in hospital/mental health centers of District Psychiatric Service (DPS).


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • considered by the responsible manager to have given consent
  • hospitalized, diagnosed and treated such as can be continued in a District Psychiatric Service or a health center.
  • stable condition, but anxiety and disruptive behavior may occur to a lesser extent.
  • considered to have a perceived need for complex services from specialist health and community for a long time after discharge.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • not in a stable phase thus shielding required
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01719354

Contact: Eirik Roos, Phd student 004795263222
Contact: Aslak Steinsbekk, Prof 004741559076

Regional Committees for Medical and Health Research Ethics Recruiting
Trondheim, Norway, 7489
Contact: Eirik Roos    004795263222   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
St. Olavs Hospital
Study Director: Aslak Steinsbekk, prof NTNU, Department of Public Health and General Practice
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier: NCT01719354     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2011/1770
Study First Received: October 30, 2012
Last Updated: January 27, 2014
Health Authority: Norway:National Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics

Keywords provided by Norwegian University of Science and Technology:
Community Mental Health Centers

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia and Disorders with Psychotic Features processed this record on July 31, 2014