Improving Transition Outcomes Through Accessible Health IT and Caregiver Support
Background: Older hospitalized adults frequently experience preventable short-term readmissions due to inadequate transition support. Although proactive telephone follow-up improves transition outcomes, these services often are unsystematic and of low intensity. Informal caregivers are invaluable for ensuring successful transitions, but many patients live alone, have an in-home caregiver who is struggling with competing demands, or live at a distance from adult children or other potential sources of support. New models are needed for transition support that include low-cost technologies and more structured assistance for patients' informal caregiving network, while providing patients' clinical teams with the information they need to avert health crises.
Objectives: Consistent with NIA's goals to improve transition outcomes, we will evaluate a novel intervention designed to improve the effectiveness of transition support for older adults with common chronic conditions via three mechanisms of action: (a) direct tailored communication to patients via regular automated calls post discharge, (b) support for informal caregivers living outside of the patient's household via structured feedback about the patient's status and advice about how they can help, and (c) support for proactive care management including a web-based disease management tool, automated alerts about potential problems, and the capacity for asynchronous communication with patients and their caregivers. Specifically, the trial will determine: 1) whether the CarePartner intervention improves patients' readmission risk and functional status; 2) the impact of the intervention on patients' self-care behaviors and the quality of the transition process; and 3) whether the intervention improves caregiver burden and stress levels.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
|Official Title:||Improving Transition Outcomes Through Accessible Health IT and Caregiver Support|
- Specific Aim 1 [ Time Frame: Outcomes will be measured at 30- and 90-days post discharge. ]To determine the extent to which the CarePartner model for supporting effective transitions from hospital to home improves outcomes of care, including lower readmission rates, emergency department visits, and improved patient functional status.
- Specific Aim 2 [ Time Frame: Outcomes will be measured at 30- and 90-days post discharge. ]To evaluate the impact of the intervention on process measures of transition quality (e.g., attendance at post-discharge appointments and patients' understanding of their personal health record), as well as on patients' medication-related self-management (e.g., adherence and medication beliefs).
- Specific Aim 3 [ Time Frame: Outcomes will be measured at 30- and 90-days post discharge. ]To determine the extent to which the intervention increases the quality and quantity of support for patients' self-care using a mixed methods approach to identify whether the service reduces caregivers' stress and increases their activation levels (e.g., by increasing their disease-specific communication with the patient and successful problem solving).
|Study Start Date:||August 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||October 2016|
|Primary Completion Date:||October 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Intervention Group
Telemonitoring plus self-management support
Other: Telemonitoring plus self-management support
Patients in the intervention group receive automated telephone calls that ask about their health and self-care along with tailored health-related feedback. The patient's CarePartner receives health update reports about the patient and how they can help via e-mail. Urgent health problems are reported to the patient's health care team via fax or e-mail.
No Intervention: Usual Care Group
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01672385
|United States, Michigan|
|University of Michigan Health System|
|Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109|
|Principal Investigator:||John D. Piette, Ph.D.||VA Center for Clinical Management Research & the University of Michigan|