Effectiveness of the FairCare System for Patients With Advanced Illness
Behavioral: End of life care coordination
Procedure: FairCare System
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
|Official Title:||Effectiveness of the FairCare System for Patients With Advanced Illness|
|Study Completion Date:||September 2004|
|Arm 1||Behavioral: End of life care coordination Procedure: FairCare System|
This study of the FairCare Program (FC) is designed to address end of life (EOL) care delivery issues by reducing barriers to effective EOL care among health care providers, family members, surrogates, and Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) patients using a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach delivered by a care coordinator and supported by an interdisciplinary team.
Evaluate the impact of FC on: 1) improving the quality of life (QOL) and health care delivery for CHF patients with advanced illness, (i.e. ejection fractions of 35% or less, or assessed as level III or IV on the NYS Heart Association Classification System); 2) addressing their fears about dying; 3) increasing their use of Advance Directives (ADs); and 4) improving provider compliance with ADs. Also, describe trends that may occur in disease-specific QOL, survival, and health care use and cost.
The study employs a randomized control group design. There are two treatment arms, the FC treatment condition, and the usual care (UC) control condition. Assessments for improving quality of life (QOL), and quality of care delivery are taken at baseline, and at three and six months. Assessments of AD use, i.e. frequency of formulation and documentation of ADs, are taken at baseline, three and six months at one year and 18 months. Because data about compliance with ADs and utilization and cost may not be fully comprehensive until patients' deaths, to maximize the sample size for these variables, and hence the power of the study to detect difference in these outcomes, data on compliance with ADs will be collected in the final year of the study, and data on utilization and cost will be aggregated in monthly intervals and collected from baseline to 18 months. One year of VA pre-intervention health care utilization and cost data will also be collected to assess baseline utilization and to control for any pre-existing differences in the propensity of patients to use health care services. Also, an intention to treat methodology will be used during data analyses.
The study ends 9-30-04, data for VA cost, Medicare cost, consistency of medical care with patient preferences, and survival, are being collected and analyzed for the final report.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00105599
|United States, New York|
|Albany VA Medical Center Samuel S. Stratton, Albany, NY|
|Albany, New York, United States, 12208|
|Principal Investigator:||Mollie Shulan, MD||Albany VA Medical Center Samuel S. Stratton, Albany, NY|