Patient-Centered Alternative to Psychiatric Hospitalization for Veterans
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Patient-Centered Alternative to Psychiatric Hospitalization for Veterans|
|Study Completion Date:||September 2002|
A variety of models of psychiatric hospital alternative care have been developed over the past several decades. San Diego�s Short-Term Acute Residential Treatment (START) model is one of the best established of these alternatives, comprising a network of 6 facilities with a total of 77 beds. Although veterans have been among those served at START programs for many years, no previous study of START or any other model has focused specifically on veterans.
The study tested the hypotheses that veterans treated in a START program would demonstrate greater improvement in symptoms and quality of life, as well as greater satisfaction with treatment and lower costs of care than veterans treated at the VA inpatient unit.
This study includes elements of both efficacy and effectiveness studies. VA psychiatric unit treatment and START are compared in a randomized trial, with follow up of subjects at 2, 6, and 12 months as they experience real-world treatment-as-usual. Symptoms, functioning, quality of life, and satisfaction with services are assessed on multiple standardized measures, as well as by qualitative assessments.
Final report is under preparation.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00013169
|United States, California|
|VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA|
|San Diego, California, United States, 92161|
|Principal Investigator:||James B Lohr, MD BA||VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA|