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A Randomized Controlled Trial of Using Video Images in Dementia

This study has been completed.
Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making
Information provided by:
Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: June 23, 2008
Last updated: June 22, 2009
Last verified: June 2009

BACKGROUND: Advance care planning (ACP) is the process in which patients plan for future medical care under circumstances of impaired decision-making. Video is an underutilized medium that can assist clinicians in discussions of future health states, such as the state of advanced dementia. Video may enable patients to visualize the future by concisely providing complex information vital for ACP. This study will examine whether the use of video could facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of advanced dementia and inform clinician-patient discussions about the level of care a patient would want in the event of advanced dementia.

RESEARCH PLAN: We propose to conduct a randomized trial studying ACP for 200 elderly subjects using a video depiction of a patient with dementia compared to the traditional verbal narrative. Specific aims 1 and 2 assess the effect of a video of advanced dementia on the clinical decision making of elderly subjects compared to the traditional verbal narrative.

Condition Intervention
Other: video

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Using Video Images in Dementia

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • preferences [ Time Frame: at time of interview ]

Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: September 2007
Study Completion Date: June 2008
Primary Completion Date: June 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: 1
Experimental: 2
Other: video
video of dementia
Other Name: video decision aid

Detailed Description:
Outcome measures were what subjects wanted if they had advanced dementia.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Over 64

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Can't speak English
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00704886

United States, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making
Principal Investigator: Angelo Volandes, MD MGH
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Angelo Volandes, MD PI, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00704886     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2007p001264
Study First Received: June 23, 2008
Last Updated: June 22, 2009

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on April 26, 2017