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GRACE: Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders

This study has been completed.
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
Wishard Health Services
Information provided by:
National Institute on Aging (NIA) Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: November 16, 2006
Last verified: November 2006
The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of a collaborative model of team care as compared to usual care in improving functional outcomes among community-dwelling low-income older adults.

Condition Intervention
Functional Decline Aging Behavioral: Geriatric Resources for Assessment & Care of Elders (GRACE)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders

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Further study details as provided by National Institute on Aging (NIA):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Functional status
  • health status
  • hospitalization and nursing home placement

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Patient satisfaction and quality of care

Estimated Enrollment: 1270
Study Start Date: March 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2006
Detailed Description:

This collaborative model of care, Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders (GRACE), involves a geriatric nurse practitioner and a geriatric social worker caring for the vulnerable older adult in collaboration with the patient’s primary care physician to improve coordination and quality of care. The specific components of GRACE mirror those recommended in recent reviews: a) specific targeting of elders at risk; b) availability of collaborative expertise in geriatrics; c) integration of the program into primary care; d) coordination of care across all sites of care; e) integration of data systems that support physician’s practice and facilitate monitoring of pertinent clinical parameters; and f) institutionally endorsed clinical practice guidelines. To our knowledge, there are no prior studies investigating the effectiveness of such a comprehensive approach among vulnerable older adults.

We are hypothesizing that, compared to usual care, patients enrolled in the intervention will have:

  1. greater independence in activities of daily living over 2 years of follow-up;
  2. better health status scores as assessed by the HEDIS® 2000 Health Outcomes Survey
  3. fewer nursing home days over 2 years of follow-up; and
  4. fewer hospitalizations over the 2 years of follow-up.

Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 65 years old or older
  • Annual income less than 200% of the federal poverty level
  • Have had one or more primary care visits in the past 12 months
  • Reside in the community (non-institutionalized)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Non-English speaking
  • No regular access to a telephone
  • Currently undergoing kidney dialysis treatments
  • Residing with a patient already participating in the GRACE clinical trial
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00182962

United States, Indiana
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46202
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
Wishard Health Services
Principal Investigator: Steven R. Counsell, MD Indiana University Geriatrics Program, Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Indiana University School of Medicine
  More Information

Chen A, Brown R, Archibald N, Aliotta S, Fox PD. Best practice in coordinated care. Health Care Financing Administration. 2000. Contract No. HCFA 500-95-0048 (04).

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00182962     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AG0042
R01AG020175 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: November 16, 2006

Keywords provided by National Institute on Aging (NIA):
Activities of Daily Living
geriatric medicine
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