Using Videos to Improve Understanding of the Delivery of End-of-life Medical Care in Non-hospital Settings

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Angelo E. Volandes, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: November 1, 2010
Last updated: April 28, 2012
Last verified: April 2012

To compare the decision making of elderly subjects having a verbal advance care planning discussion compared to subjects using a video.

Condition Intervention
Other: video decision aid

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research

Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • preference for medical care [ Time Frame: 5 minutes after the survey ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    preference for care at the end of life

Enrollment: 101
Study Start Date: July 2010
Study Completion Date: February 2011
Primary Completion Date: February 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: control subjects
verbal narrative of advance care planning
Experimental: intervention group
video decision aid viewed by subjects
Other: video decision aid
Other Names:
  • decision aid
  • film

Detailed Description:

A.1. Aim 1: To recruit 101 subjects over the age of 64 who are newly admitted to a nursing home facility and randomly assign these subjects to one of two advance care planning (ACP) modalities: 1. a video visually depicting the Goals of Care (Life Prolonging Care, Limited Care, and Comfort Care) (intervention) or 2. a verbal narrative describing the Goals of Care (control) encountered if the subject becomes very ill.

Hypothesis 1: It is feasible to recruit and randomize newly admitted elderly subjects to each of the ACP modalities.

A.2. Aim 2: To compare the care preferences for their primary goal of care (i.e., life-prolonging care, limited care, or comfort care) among 101 subjects randomized to video vs. verbal narrative intervention for ACP.

Hypothesis 2: Subjects randomized to the video intervention will be significantly more likely to opt for comfort care (vs. life-prolonging or limited care) as the primary goal of care compared to those randomized to the verbal narrative.

A.3. Aim 3: To compare knowledge assessment of the Goals of Care of 101 subjects randomized to video vs. verbal narrative intervention for ACP.

Hypothesis 3: When compared to subjects randomized to the verbal narrative arm, subjects in the video group will have higher knowledge assessment scores when asked questions regarding their understanding of the Goals of Care.


Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • over age of 64
  • have decision making capacity

Exclusion Criteria:

  • do not speak English
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01233973

United States, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Angelo Volandes MGH
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Angelo E. Volandes, MD, Faculty, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT01233973     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010-P-000180
Study First Received: November 1, 2010
Last Updated: April 28, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:
nursing home
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