Palliative Care for Heart Failure Patients

This study has been completed.
Allina Hospitals and Clinics
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Justin Kirven, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Identifier:
First received: January 19, 2012
Last updated: March 27, 2015
Last verified: February 2015
The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of palliative care consultation on quality of life and symptom management for patients hospitalized with acute heart failure with a randomized control trial at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Condition Intervention
Heart Failure
Other: Palliative Care Consultation
Other: Control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: An Examination of Palliative Care as Standard Practice for Heart Failure Patients

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Abbott Northwestern Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Is there an impact on quality of life with the addition of palliative care intervention? [ Time Frame: Change from baseline in quality of life score at 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Assessment Tools:

    *Quality of Life-Minnesota Living with Heart Failure questionnaire (MLHF)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Differential use of medical services- 30 day readmission [ Time Frame: 30 Days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    *Number of readmissions in 30 days of discharge from initial enrollment hospitalization.

  • Is there an impact on Symptom Severity with the addition of palliative care [ Time Frame: Change from baseline in symptom severity score at 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Assessment tool:

    *Symptom Severity - Edmonton Symptom Assessment scale (ESAS)

  • Is there an impact on depression with the addition of palliative care intervention? [ Time Frame: Change from baseline in depression score at 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Assessment Tool:

    *Depression- Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)

Enrollment: 232
Study Start Date: April 2012
Study Completion Date: December 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Palliative Care Consultation
Participant will get one palliative care consultation while in the hospital. The participants desire for subsequent palliative care visits will be determined and mutually agreed upon at the initial consultation.
Other: Palliative Care Consultation
Intervention patient would receive an inpatient palliative care consultation to focus on comprehensive symptom assessment, create goals of care/treatment plan which include recommendations and referrals.
Other Names:
  • palliative care consults
  • palliative care medicine
Active Comparator: Control
Usual care for HF patient which may include a palliative care consult if ordered by treating physician.
Other: Control
The control group would receive usual care and could receive a palliative consult if ordered by the treating provider
Other Names:
  • palliative care consult
  • palliative care medicine

Detailed Description:

Research questions:

Q1. Does the provision of palliative care to heart failure patients yield higher quality of life, increased symptom management, or reduced depression compared to heart failure patients not receiving palliative care?

Q2. Does the provision of palliative care to heart failure patients result in differential use of medical services (lower hospital days and readmission) compared to heart failure patients not receiving systematic palliative care?


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital inpatient adults with a diagnosis of acute heart failure

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Are not an inpatient at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Are in the ICU
  • On a ventilator
  • Are pre-or post heart transplant
  • Have a ventricular assist device (VAD)
  • Determined to be actively dying
  • Have cognitive impairments such that informed consent would not be possible,
  • Are not proficient in the English language
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01519479

United States, Minnesota
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55407
Sponsors and Collaborators
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Allina Hospitals and Clinics
Principal Investigator: Justin Kirven, MD Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  More Information

Rector, T.S., Overview of The Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire. 2005, University of Minnesota.

Responsible Party: Justin Kirven, Principle Investigator, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Identifier: NCT01519479     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 3601-2
Study First Received: January 19, 2012
Last Updated: March 27, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Abbott Northwestern Hospital:
Congestive Heart Failure
Heart Failure
Palliative Care
Palliative Medicine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases processed this record on December 01, 2015