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CoolCap Followup Study-Coordination of Participating Centers

This study has been completed.
Olympic Medical
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ronnie Guillet, University of Rochester Identifier:
First received: December 21, 2007
Last updated: March 7, 2013
Last verified: March 2013
This observational study will assess long-term functional outcome of survivors from neonatal encephalopathy who were previously treated with either head cooling or with conventional care in a randomized clinical trial. Children's parents will be interviewed by phone by trained staff using the WeeFIM questionnaire to ascertain the childrens' functional performance on a set of skills basic to daily life. This instrument is able to assess a very wide range of abilities, from independently functioning to needing total assistance. The ratings will be used to examine the relationship between the outcome previously measured at 18 months age and functional outcome at school age and to triage the children into those who clearly could not be tested on standardized exams of cognitive functioning, those who potentially could, even if at a low level of cognitive ability, and those who appear to be functioning at an age-appropriate level.

Neonatal Encephalopathy

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Long-term Follow-up After Head Cooling for Neonatal Encephalopathy

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Further study details as provided by University of Rochester:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • WeeFIM Score [ Time Frame: 7-8 years after initial intervention ]
    WeeFIM instrument (the Functional Independence Measure for Children, Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation, Buffalo, NY) is a set of ratings of 18 skills divided into 3 general domains: 8 Self-care; 5 Mobility; 5 Cognition. Caregivers rate a child about extent of independence, full functioning, in carrying out each of those 18 skills, on a scale from "1" for total assistance, total dependence, maximal prompting, or not testable to "7" for complete independence. The ratings are combined to yield 3 Domain scores and a WeeFIM Total. Favorable=mean+/-2SD. We are reporting the percentage of participants with a favorable response.

Enrollment: 62
Study Start Date: September 2007
Study Completion Date: October 2009
Primary Completion Date: October 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Randomized to cooling (original randomized clinical trial): All children, now 6-8 years old who were randomized to cooling in the original trial were included in this arm. Cooling was achieved via the CoolCap system (Olympic Medical/Natus Corporation) in these babies.
Randomized to standard care (original randomized clinical trial): All children, now 6-8 years old, who were treated using the standard of care at the time (normal temperature) were included in this arm. Infants' temperatures were monitored per standard of care. Most infants were cared for on an open wamer that was servo-controlled to normal body temperature (37 C) or in a standard bassinette.

Detailed Description:
Previous studies have demonstrated that hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy in the neonatal period is generally safe and feasible, and can improve intermediate term survival without handicap. There is, however, no information on whether cooling improves longer term (school-age) outcomes in non-handicapped survivors. The current observational trial is designed to help obtain additional followup information on children who participated in the initial randomized clinical trial of head-cooling for neonatal encephalopathy. A first step is to collect information on the current status (at 7-8 years of age) of participants in the original study using a standardized telephone questionnaire. This will allow the investigators to more appropriately target children for whom further, more detailed, in-person neurodevelopmental testing would be appropriate. Given limited resources, identification of children for whom such testing would be helpful and instructive is a necessary goal.

Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 8 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Eligible children will be those who participated in the original randomized clinical trial, "Brain Cooling for the Treatment of Perinatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy". Infants enrolled in that study were randomized to cooling or standard care. Survivors to 7-8 years of age are eligible for this observational followup study.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Previous participation in the CoolCap study
  • Survivors to 7-8 years of age
  • Parental consent to participation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Lack of parental consent
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00581581

United States, New York
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York, United States, 14642
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Rochester
Olympic Medical
Principal Investigator: Ronnie Guillet, MD, PhD University of Rochester
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ronnie Guillet, Professor, University of Rochester Identifier: NCT00581581     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RSRB00020479
Study First Received: December 21, 2007
Results First Received: January 24, 2011
Last Updated: March 7, 2013

Keywords provided by University of Rochester:
neonatal encephalopathy
therapeutic hypothermia
head cooling
neonatal asphyxia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on April 21, 2017