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Family Satisfaction (FS) in the Intensive Care Unit

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01449734
First Posted: October 10, 2011
Last Update Posted: November 11, 2013
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Collaborator:
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Christiane Hartog, Center for Sepsis Control and Care, Germany
  Purpose
There is increasing awareness that high-quality care in the intensive care unit also includes care of visiting family members according to their needs. The investigators therefore want to assess family satisfaction using a questionnaire that was specially developed for this setting and recently validated for German-speaking participants.

Condition
Critical Illness

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Observational Study of Family Satisfaction in the Intensive Care Unit Using the German-language FS-ICU

Further study details as provided by Christiane Hartog, Center for Sepsis Control and Care, Germany:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Family Satisfaction in the ICU (FS-ICU) Questionnaire- Overall Satisfaction Score [ Time Frame: From beginning of ICU stay until death or discharge of patient, whatever came first, assessed up to 2 months ]
    Overall satisfaction score is calculated as the mean of 24 Items concerning satisfaction with care, communication and decision-making. After transformation of Items the score has a scale reaching from 0 (highly unsatisfied) to 100 (highly satisfied).


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Patient Severity of Illness [ Time Frame: From beginning of ICU stay until death or discharge of patient, whatever came first, assessed up to 2 months ]
  • Patient Length of Stay on the ICU [ Time Frame: From beginning of ICU stay until death or discharge of patient, whatever came first, assessed up to 2 months ]
  • Patient Mortality [ Time Frame: From beginning of ICU stay until death or discharge of patient, whatever came first, assessed up to 2 months ]

Enrollment: 217
Study Start Date: April 2011
Study Completion Date: November 2012
Primary Completion Date: February 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Family members who visit patients on the ICU (intensive care unit) are not just onlookers. They experience the process of care along with their loved ones. Increasingly, the satisfaction of family members with ICU care, decision-making and information, and their empowerment to contribute towards patient care as near relatives, is being perceived as an important aspect of the general quality of ICU care.

Family satisfaction is assessed using the 34-item FS-ICU questionnaire which was recently validated for German-speaking participants.

The aim of this pilot survey is to identify opportunities for improvement of family satisfaction.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Visiting family members of patients being treated in the ICU
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • all visiting family members who consent to participate

Exclusion Criteria:

  • no more than two family members per patient;
  • prior participation
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01449734


Locations
Germany
Intensive Care Units of the University Hospital Jena
Jena, Thuringia, Germany, D-07743
Sponsors and Collaborators
Center for Sepsis Control and Care, Germany
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Christiane S Hartog, MD Jena University Hospital, Dpt. of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Christiane Hartog, Principal investigator, Center for Sepsis Control and Care, Germany
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01449734     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Jena FS-ICU
First Submitted: September 30, 2011
First Posted: October 10, 2011
Results First Submitted: February 26, 2013
Results First Posted: November 11, 2013
Last Update Posted: November 11, 2013
Last Verified: September 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Critical Illness
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes