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Improving Decision Making for Patients With Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01751061
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 17, 2012
Last Update Posted : March 20, 2017
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Pittsburgh
University of Washington
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University

Brief Summary:
Deciding about prolonged life support for critically ill patients can be very difficult. Therefore, the investigators are doing a study to see if an internet-based decision aid can improve the quality of decision making for substitute decision makers of patients who are in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Surrogate Decision Makers Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation Behavioral: Decision aid Other: Usual care

Detailed Description:
The process of making a decision about whether or not to provide prolonged life support is seriously deficient among clinicians and the surrogate decision makers for critically ill patients. To address this problem, we propose a randomized, controlled trial to determine if an innovative web-based decision aid compared to usual care control can improve the quality of decision making (defined as clinician-surrogate concordance for prognosis, quality of communication, and medical comprehension), reduce surrogates' psychological distress (depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress syndrome disorder (PTSD) symptoms), and reduce patients' health care costs over 6-month follow up. We will enroll 410 surrogate decision makers for 273 patients (expected average of 1.5 surrogates per patient). This study has the potential both to improve how clinicians and surrogates interact in intensive care units and to increase the likelihood that life support decisions are aligned with patients' values.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 421 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Improving Decision Making for Patients With Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation
Actual Study Start Date : January 2013
Primary Completion Date : May 3, 2016
Study Completion Date : January 6, 2017

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Decision aid
Web-based decision aid (decision support tool) provided to surrogate decision maker
Behavioral: Decision aid
A web-based decision aid to assist surrogate decision makers in prolonged mechanical ventilation decisions
Active Comparator: Usual care
usual care in an intensive care unit setting
Other: Usual care
usual ICU care

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinician-surrogate concordance scale score [ Time Frame: ~2-7 days post-randomization ]
    Concordance is calculated as the absolute value of the difference in prognosis for 1 year patient survival between the surrogate(s) and the clinician, and, therefore, can range from 0 to 100.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS) score [ Time Frame: Pre-randomization (study day 1) and post-randomization days ~2-7, 90, 180 ]
  2. post-traumatic stress syndrome inventory [ Time Frame: Pre-randomization (study day 1) and post-randomization days ~2-7, 90, 180 ]
  3. total health care costs [ Time Frame: over duration of study period (180 days) ]
  4. patient-centeredness of care scale [ Time Frame: ~2-7, 90, and 180 days post-randomization ]
  5. Medical comprehension scale score [ Time Frame: Study day 1 (pre-randomization), ~2-7 ]
  6. Quality of communication scale score [ Time Frame: Study day 1 (pre-randomization), ~2-7 ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria (Patient characteristics required for surrogate inclusion)

  • age ≥18
  • ≥10 days of mechanical ventilation interrupted by <96 continuous hours of unassisted breathing (including invasive and non-invasive ventilation)
  • no anticipation of imminent (24 hours) death or extubation by the attending.

Exclusion Criteria (Patient characteristics that will exclude surrogates from study enrollment):

  • possession of decisional capacity
  • no identifiable surrogate, surrogate is unavailable for study procedures such as interviews
  • imminent organ transplantation
  • chronic neuromuscular disease
  • physician refuses permission to approach family and/or patient for consent
  • admission for severe burns
  • admission for high cervical spine injury
  • ventilation for >21 days.

Inclusion criteria for surrogate decision makers:

  • age ≥18
  • self-identified as participating directly in health care decision making for the incapable patient under relevant state law

Exclusion criteria for surrogate decision makers:

  • do not personally know the patient
  • need translation assistance because of poor English fluency (the decision aid has not been validated in other languages)
  • history of clinically important neurological disorder (e.g., dementia)
  • patient dies after meeting inclusion criteria but before surrogates provide consent

Physician and nurse inclusion criteria:

  • ICU attending or fellow (physicians) at the time of surrogate enrollment
  • bedside ICU nurse present at the time of surrogate enrollment

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01751061

United States, North Carolina
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, 27599
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15261
United States, Washington
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98195
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Pittsburgh
University of Washington
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Principal Investigator: Christopher E Cox, MD MPH Duke University

Responsible Party: Duke University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01751061     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00021965
R01HL109823-01A1 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: December 17, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 20, 2017
Last Verified: March 2017

Keywords provided by Duke University:
prolonged mechanical ventilation
chronic critical illness
decision making
decision aid
decisional support
critical illness
intensive care unit