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Family Preparation Study For Withdrawal of Mechanical Ventilation From Their Family Member

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Wisconsin, Madison Identifier:
First received: September 15, 2005
Last updated: October 1, 2015
Last verified: September 2005

Using the self-regulation theory, an intervention to prepare families for that experience was developed. This study will assess the impact of the intervention on a family's evaluation of their preparation and their short-term coping. The site used for this study will be the Trauma and Life Support Center (TLC), University of Wisconsin (UW) Hospital. After a decision has been made to withdraw life support, a member of the TLC staff will approach the next of kin of the patient to inform him/her about the study and inquire about his/her interest to participate. Using an experimental design, 10 family members will be assigned to the control group and 10 to the intervention group. Upon agreement, a research nurse will use a "coin toss method" for group assignment of the subjects until there are ten in each group. Experimental group subjects will receive the intervention after the family meeting. Demographics of the next of kin will be collected at this time. Patient information such as demographics, diagnosis, and time of withdrawal and death will be collected too. Two to four weeks after death, a telephone interview will be conducted with the next of kin using the "Evaluation of the Experience of Withdrawal" questionnaire and the Profile of Mood State - shortened version.

Potential benefits are that the families will be prepared for the experience of the dying patient, which will help them cope better during withdrawal and after their loss. There are no major risks to the subjects but there might be an increase in psychological distress.

Condition Intervention Phase
Mechanical Ventilation Critically Ill Behavioral: family preparation for withdrawing life support Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Evaluating the Usefulness of Preparing Families For Withdrawal of Mechanical Ventilation From Their Family Member: A Pilot Study

Further study details as provided by University of Wisconsin, Madison:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Are the families who received education/counseling better prepared for the experience of the dying patient

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • This is a feasibility Pilot Study

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: October 2003
Study Completion Date: February 2007

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Next of kin of a patient who will have withdrawal of life support
  • Participant must be 18 years of age or older and read, write, and speak English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Family is unusually highly emotional
  • Patient will be a living donor
  • Patient is conscious
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00214344

United States, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin, United States, 53792
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Principal Investigator: Karin T Kirchhoff University of Wisconsin, Madison
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Wisconsin, Madison Identifier: NCT00214344     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: M-2003-0040
Study First Received: September 15, 2005
Last Updated: October 1, 2015

Keywords provided by University of Wisconsin, Madison:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Critical Illness
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes processed this record on September 21, 2017