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Patient-Centered Alternative to Psychiatric Hospitalization for Veterans

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00013169
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 16, 2001
Last Update Posted : April 7, 2015
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development ( US Department of Veterans Affairs )

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Veterans Acute Hospitalization Behavioral: Strong Patient Focus Not Applicable

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.


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 220 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Patient-Centered Alternative to Psychiatric Hospitalization for Veterans
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2002

Arm Intervention/treatment
Arm 1 Behavioral: Strong Patient Focus




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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
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:


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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
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Investigators
Principal Investigator: James B Lohr, MD BA VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA