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Collaboration Between Department of Old Age Psychiatry and Nursing Homes (SAM-AKS)

This study has been completed.
Helse Sor-Ost
Norwegian Department of Health and Social Affairs
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sverre Bergh, Sykehuset Innlandet HF Identifier:
First received: September 22, 2010
Last updated: December 11, 2014
Last verified: December 2014
Dementia is a serious health problem showing an increasing prevalence rate with increasing age. In Norway, about 80% of nursing home patients have dementia. The mean age of nursing home residents in Norway is around 84 years. Disruptive and agitated behaviour affect 30-50% of all individuals with dementia at some point in the course of the illness. In addition, they have a combination of physical and psychological diseases which necessitates a close collaboration between different specialities in medicine and Old Age psychiatry. In collaboration with the communalities, our Old Age psychiatry services want to provide a new approach to this challenge and validate it on patient and personnel level.

Condition Intervention
Dementia Alzheimer's Disease Behavioral Symptoms Agitation Other: Education and Supervision Other: Control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Collaboration Between Department of Old Age Psychiatry and Nursing Homes

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Further study details as provided by Sverre Bergh, Sykehuset Innlandet HF:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of Life in Severe Dementia (QUALID), Person-Centred Care Assessment Tool (P-CAT, 2010) [ Time Frame: 12 months after baseline assessment ]
    Evaluate a new model of collaboration between a specialized department of Old Age Psychiatry and nursing home units to optimize patient care and job satisfaction of the caregivers.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Neuropsychiatric Inventory - Nursing Home version, Cornell Scale of Depression in Dementia, Registration of Constraints (Kirkevold, 2004) [ Time Frame: 12 months after baseline assessment ]
    In addition, we want to carry out a qualitative evaluation of the process of implementation of new scales and the effect of supervision on personnel and patients

Enrollment: 700
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: March 2012
Primary Completion Date: March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Education and supervision
Personnel in nursing home units get intervention in form of education and supervision
Other: Education and Supervision
Implementation of Scales in the care of patients with dementia in nursing home units with focus on person-centred care. Supervision of caregivers on a regular basis.
Other Name: Departments in NHs that do not get any intervention.
Other: Control
A control group of nursing home units that do not get any form of active intervention
Other Names:
  • Education
  • Supervision
No Intervention: Control
Only registering of patient and personnel data in the beginning and the end of the study without any form of intervention.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All patients at nursing home units

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients that are in a final state and patients that have not been at the nursing home unit more than two weeks
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01217541

Lillehammer sykehjem
Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sykehuset Innlandet HF
Helse Sor-Ost
Norwegian Department of Health and Social Affairs
Principal Investigator: Geir Selbæk, PhD Sykehuset Innlandet HF
  More Information

Responsible Party: Sverre Bergh, Research Director Centre for Old Age Psychiatric Research, Sykehuset Innlandet HF Identifier: NCT01217541     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 50022
Study First Received: September 22, 2010
Last Updated: December 11, 2014

Keywords provided by Sverre Bergh, Sykehuset Innlandet HF:
Quality of Life
Person-centred care
Job satisfaction
Nursing home
Primary care

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alzheimer Disease
Behavioral Symptoms
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on August 18, 2017