Pharmaceutical Care in VA Nursing Home

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified April 2013 by Taichung Veterans General Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Taichung Veterans General Hospital Identifier:
First received: March 29, 2013
Last updated: April 17, 2013
Last verified: April 2013

This study investigates the effect of pharmaceutical care on a Veteran nursing home. 100 patients will be selected into this controlled study.The hypothesis are:

  1. After patients receive pharmaceutical care, their drug related problems will be decreased.
  2. After patients received pharmaceutical care, their self-reported medical expenditure will be decreased.

Condition Intervention
Focus on the Elderly in a Nursing Home
Other: Pharmaceutical care

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Impacts of Pharmaceutical Cares on the Elderly in a VA Nursing Home.

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Further study details as provided by Taichung Veterans General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • potential inappropriate medication (PIA) [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • drug items used [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    the controlled group is expected to have less drug items used.

  • medical expenditure [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    subjects self-reported outpatients visit, hospitalization, drug, and healthy supplemental used.

Other Outcome Measures:
  • quality of life measure [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    use health outcome measure, EQ-5D, to assess the quality of life issue.

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: April 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Non-pharmaceutical care
Veterans do not receiving pharmaceutical care
Pharmaceutical care
Veterans receiving pharmaceutical care
Other: Pharmaceutical care
pharmacists provide pharmaceutical care to the intervention group, comparing to ordinary care in control group

Detailed Description:

Around 200 residents in a Veteran nursing home will be selected for reviewing inclusion and exclusion criteria. A total of 100 subjected are selected into this randomized controlled trial. Each group will have 50 subjects and then divides into 4 subgroup, according to their drug items used (5-7 and over 8 items used).

The inclusion criteria:

  1. Residents of the Veteran nursing home.
  2. over 65 years old.
  3. complete comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA)
  4. prescription drugs more than 4 times/day, excluding stat order.
  5. with 2 or more chronic diseases.

Exclusion criteria:

1. residents who were in the pharmaceutical care project of Taiwan Pharmacists Association.


Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

Resident from a Veteran nursing home and willing to receive the pharmaceutical care by pharmacists.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Residents in the Veteran nursing home
  • Age over 65 years old
  • Complete Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)
  • Use more than 4 drug item per day (excluding stat order)
  • subjects with more than 2 chronic diseases.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • subjects who were in pharmaceutical care project of Taiwan Pharmacist Association.
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01823757

Contact: Wen-Shyong Liou, PhD +886-4-23592525 ext 4600

Changhua Domiciliar Center Recruiting
Changhua City, Taiwan
Contact: Cheng-Ming Chao, College    +886-47-222187 ext 311      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Taichung Veterans General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Wen-Shyong Liou, PhD Taichung Veteran General Hospital
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Taichung Veterans General Hospital Identifier: NCT01823757     History of Changes
Study First Received: March 29, 2013
Last Updated: April 17, 2013
Health Authority: Taiwan: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Taichung Veterans General Hospital:
potential inappropriate medications
pharmaceutical care
quality of life
medical expenditure processed this record on April 14, 2014