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Development and Implementation of Evidence-Based Family-Oriented Support for Young Carers and Their Families in Germany

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2008 by University of Witten/Herdecke.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Information provided by:
University of Witten/Herdecke Identifier:
First received: August 12, 2008
Last updated: December 22, 2008
Last verified: August 2008
The purpose of this study is to develop and implement evidence-based and family-oriented support for young carers and their families in Germany. Hypothesis is that families' own support mechanisms, combined with externally provided support that is determined by the families' specific needs, will help to overcome their burden and enable families to live in the way they wish to despite chronic illness. This will lead to a measurable increase in HRQOL of children concerned.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Illness
Other: support service

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Improved Health-Related Quality of Life for Young Carers and Their Families in Germany on the Basis of Evidence-Based Family-Oriented Support

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Further study details as provided by University of Witten/Herdecke:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • health-related Quality of Life in children [ Time Frame: study start and after 5 month of intervention ]

Estimated Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: January 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
intervention group
Other: support service
  • professional partners for communication
  • befriending with other families concerned
  • information and education (about illness, symptoms, first aid, caring)
  • free-time activities and time out
  • homework assistance
  • administrative advise
  • support for everyday life
No Intervention: 2
waiting group


Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • children of mentally ill parents (chronic illness)
  • children of somatically ill parents (chronic illness)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • children of drug addicted parents
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00734942

Contact: Sabine Metzing-Blau, Dr. 00492302926 ext 377
Contact: Joerg grosse Schlarmann, MScN 00492302926 ext 377

Institute of Nursing Science Not yet recruiting
Witten, NRW, Germany, 58453
Contact: Sabine Metzing-Blau, Dr.    00492302926 ext 377   
Contact: Joerg grosse Schlarmann, MScN    00492302926 ext 377   
Principal Investigator: Sabine Metzing-Blau, Dr.         
Sub-Investigator: Joerg grosse Schlarmann, MScN         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Witten/Herdecke
Principal Investigator: Sabine Metzing-Blau, Dr. Institute of Nursing Science; Witten/Herdecke University
Study Director: Wilfried Schnepp, Prof.Dr. Institute of Nursing Science; Witten/Herdecke University
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Prof. Dr. Wilfried Schnepp, Universität Witten/Herdecke Identifier: NCT00734942     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 01GT0619
Study First Received: August 12, 2008
Last Updated: December 22, 2008

Keywords provided by University of Witten/Herdecke:
young carers
family support
children (up to the age of 18) of chronically ill parents

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chronic Disease
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes processed this record on May 25, 2017