Temporally-Oriented Subjective Well-being Across Transitions—Resources & Outcomes (LIFT)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Pittsburgh
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: April 17, 2012
Last updated: May 20, 2014
Last verified: May 2014

As individuals age, they undergo transitions in many aspects of their lives. These transitions include social, economic and health transitions. People review their lives, and reflect on past choices. Future time is limited by the increasing proximity to end of life. This may lead to regrets and, in people with the ability to use compensatory mechanisms, a redoubling of efforts to achieve valued goals or a reprioritization of valued goals. In the context of aging, individuals' past, present, and future-oriented subjective well-being (SWB) may change. There is an incomplete understanding of the relationship of SWB, intra- and inter-personal resources, and outcomes, (particularly health and healthcare-cost outcomes). These issues have complicated the use of SWB measures and the investigators are left with traditional metrics such as life expectancy, infant mortality, wealth, and poverty to assess healthy aging, resulting in an incomplete picture of healthy aging. This project will examine the relationships among SWB, intra- and inter-personal resources, and health and healthcare-cost outcomes. It will advance the understanding of SWB and its role in healthy aging in order to assist policy makers in valuing the potential benefits of improving SWB on health and healthcare costs. The investigators will accomplish this through the following specific aim:

Aim 1: To determine how SWB (past, present, and future-oriented): (1) is affected by life transitions, and (2) affects outcomes after life transitions.

Quality of Life

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Official Title: Temporally-Oriented Subjective Well-being Across Transitions—Resources & Outcomes

Further study details as provided by University of Pittsburgh:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • healthcare costs [ Time Frame: Over at least 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    healthcare costs

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • number of new diagnoses developed [ Time Frame: Over at least 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • hospitalization [ Time Frame: Over at least 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    hospitalization (yes or no)

  • hospital length of stay [ Time Frame: Over at least 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    among those hospitalized, length of stay

  • disease management over one year [ Time Frame: Over at least 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 1560
Study Start Date: April 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Male low past-oriented SWB
Male high past-oriented SWB
Female low past-oriented SWB
Female high past-oriented SWB
Black Female high past-oriented SWB
Black Female low past-oriented SWB
Black male low past-oriented SWB
Black male high past-oriented SWB

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Males and females 50 and older


Inclusion Criteria:

  • participants will be included if they are GIMO patients who complete the FAST,
  • are aged 50 or older,
  • agree to participate, and
  • belong to an unfilled bin.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Investigators will exclude individuals from the purposive sample who do not provide informed consent. There will be no exclusion based on race, gender, immigration, or HIV status.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01583946

United States, Pennsylvania
Division of General Internal Medicine UPMC Montefiore Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator: Rachel Hess, MD, MS University of Pittsburgh
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No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of Pittsburgh
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01583946     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PRO11070243, 1R01AT007262-01
Study First Received: April 17, 2012
Last Updated: May 20, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by University of Pittsburgh:
subjective well-being
life transitions
health-related quality of life
healthcare costs

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 26, 2015