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A Clinical Pathway for Nursing Home Acquired Pneumonia

This study has been completed.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
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McMaster University Identifier:
First received: September 7, 2005
Last updated: July 19, 2006
Last verified: September 2005
Nursing home residents are frequently transferred to hospital for management of pneumonia. This often leads to hospital related complications and is a burden on the acute care health system. The purpose of this study is to assess whether managing residents with pneumonia and lower respiratory tract infection on site in the nursing home can reduce hospital admissions and can reduce complications and improve quality of life for residents. We have randomized residents with nursing home acquired pneumonia to on-site management, using a clinical pathway, versus usual care.

Condition Intervention
Pneumonia Lower Respiratory Tract Infection Procedure: a clinical pathway for the management of nursing home acquired pneumonia

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Control Trial of a Clinical Pathway for Nursing Home Pneumonia.

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Further study details as provided by McMaster University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Hospital admission, length of stay

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Health related quality of life,
  • complication rates,
  • mortality,
  • functional status,
  • time to stabilization of vital signs

Estimated Enrollment: 680
Study Start Date: January 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2005
Detailed Description:
We conducted a cluster-randomized controlled trial where nursing homes were randomized to either use of a clinical pathway or usual care for management of nursing home acquired pneumonia. The clinical pathway included chest radiographs performed on-site in the nursing home by a mobile x-ray unit, use of hypodermocylysis (subcutaneous infusion) for re-hydration, administration of an oral antimicrobials, and use of pulse oximetry to assess oxygenation. The main outcomes were hospital admission rate and length of stay. Secondary outcomes included health related quality of life, rates of both infectious and non-infectious complications within four weeks of onset of symptoms; mortality rate of residents with pneumonia (death from all causes within 30 days of onset of symptoms. Time to stabilization of vital signs, as well as functional status at four weeks, were assessed.

Ages Eligible for Study:   64 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Symptoms or signs of lower respiratory tract infection as defined by standardized criteria.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Residents were excluded if they were not expected to live longer than 30 days from the date of enrollment, had a previous anaphylactic or serious allergic reaction to quinolones, had advanced directives that they are not be transferred to hospital for treatment.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00157612

Sponsors and Collaborators
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Principal Investigator: Mark B Loeb, MD MSc FRCPC McMaster University
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00157612     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 00-1848
Study First Received: September 7, 2005
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Keywords provided by McMaster University:
lower respiratory tract infection
clinical pathway
nursing home
long-term care
randomized control trial

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Respiratory Tract Infections
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
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