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Patient-Centered Alternative to Psychiatric Hospitalization for Veterans

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00013169
First Posted: March 16, 2001
Last Update Posted: April 7, 2015
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development
  Purpose
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.

Condition Intervention
Veterans Acute Hospitalization Behavioral: Strong Patient Focus

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Patient-Centered Alternative to Psychiatric Hospitalization for Veterans

Further study details as provided by VA Office of Research and Development:

Estimated Enrollment: 220
Study Completion Date: September 2002
Arms Assigned Interventions
Arm 1 Behavioral: Strong Patient Focus

Detailed Description:

Background:

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.

Objectives:

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.

Methods:

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.

Status:

Final report is under preparation.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Have to a veteran and in need of acute hospitalization, but able to take care of themselves. (Max Age is 59)

Exclusion Criteria:

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00013169


Locations
United States, California
VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA
San Diego, California, United States, 92161
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
Investigators
Principal Investigator: James B Lohr, MD BA VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00013169     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PCC 98-051
First Submitted: March 14, 2001
First Posted: March 16, 2001
Last Update Posted: April 7, 2015
Last Verified: February 2007