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Effect of Targeted Education for Atrial Fibrillation Patients (AF-EduCare)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03707873
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : October 16, 2018
Last Update Posted : January 10, 2019
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders, Belgium
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Prof. Dr. Hein Heidbuchel, Universiteit Antwerpen

Brief Summary:

The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of targeted in-person and online education on cardiovascular outcomes of AF patients (inpatient and outpatient), compared with standard care. Several other parameters (i.e. knowledge level, quality of life, symptom burden, self-care capabilities, adherence to oral anticoagulation, and an evaluation of the educational efforts) will be studied. Cost-effectiveness and cost-utility will also be investigated.

The main research hypothesis is that individualized education based on the knowledge gaps measured with the JAKQ (Jessa Atrial fibrillation Knowledge Questionnaire) in each individual patient (called 'targeted education') is superior when compared to current AF care, both from an efficacy perspective (evaluated by different outcome measures) and from a cost-effectiveness perspective.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter Other: Education Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 1038 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: AF patients will be divided in three groups: one group will have in-person education, the second group will have online education and the third group will receive standard AF care. Cardiovascular outcomes will be compared between these groups.
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of Targeted Education for Atrial Fibrillation Patients
Actual Study Start Date : October 18, 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date : October 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date : October 2021

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: In-person education
Education will be given on a regular basis via predefined consultation visits. Medication adherence (oral anticoagulation) will also be measured using a special cap that fits on a medication bottle. If adherence is low, the patient will get additional feedback when he does not take this medication as prescribed.
Other: Education
Education + Medication adherence monitoring + Feedback when low adherence

Experimental: Online education
Education will be given on a regular basis via a special designed online platform. Medication adherence (oral anticoagulation) will also be measured using a special cap that fits on a medication bottle. If adherence is low, the patient will get additional feedback when he does not take this medication as prescribed.
Other: Education
Education + Medication adherence monitoring + Feedback when low adherence

No Intervention: Standard Care
This group of AF patients will serve as a control group and no extra focused educational reinforcements will be provided beyond standard care (i.e. information of the treating physician and a brochure).



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Cardiovascular events [ Time Frame: Patients will be followed for a minimum of 18 months (=last included patient) to a maximum of 36 months (=first included patient). ]
    The primary outcome parameter is defined as the first occurrence of a composite of cardiovascular death, a first cardiovascular hospitalization (i.e. hospitalization with overnight stay) and a first unplanned cardiovascular or neurological visit.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patients' knowledge level, assessed by the Jessa Atrial fibrillation Knowledge Questionnaire (JAKQ) [ Time Frame: at baseline, 1 month, 3-, 6-, 12- and 18 months and if applicable at 24-, 30- and 36 months or at the end of the study in the intervention groups. In the standard care group at 18 months and if applicable at the end of the study. ]
    This questionnaire includes 16 knowledge questions: 8 about atrial fibrillation, 5 about oral anticoagulation medication and 3 about vitamine K antagonists or non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants. A total score between 0% and 100% will be generated in which 100% is the best possible score (all questions are answered correctly).

  2. Patients' quality of life, assessed by the EQ-5D-3L questionnaire and the Atrial Fibrillation Effect on QualiTy-of-Life (AFEQT) Questionnaire. [ Time Frame: at baseline, 3-, 12- and 18 months and if applicable at the end of the study in the intervention groups. In the standard care group at baseline and 18 months and if applicable at the end of the study. ]
    The EQ-5D-3L descriptive system includes a total of 5 questions for 5 dimensions (mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain/discomfort and anxiety/depression). Each question has 3 levels (no problems, some problems, and extreme problems). The EQ Visual Analogue Scale records the patient's self-rated health on a vertical visual analogue scale where the endpoints are labelled 'Best imaginable health state' (score of 100) and 'Worst imaginable health state' (score of 0). The AFEQT is an atrial fibrillation-specific health-related quality of life questionnaire based on 18 questions in the domain of symptoms, daily activities and treatment concerns. A treatment satisfaction score can be calculated based on 2 additional questions. All questions are rated on a 7 point Likert scale. A scoring key is used to determine an overall AFEQT score and a treatment satisfaction score ranging from 0 to 100. A lower score indicates a worse health-related quality of life.

  3. Patients' symptom burden, assessed by the Leuven ARrhythmia Questionnaire (LARQ). [ Time Frame: at baseline, 3-,12- and 18 months and if applicable at the end of the study in the intervention groups. In the standard care group at baseline and 18 months and if applicable at the end of the study. ]
    The LARQ is based on 6 atrial fibrillation-related symptoms: palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, syncope, dizziness and fatigue. For each of these symptoms (except syncope), symptom prevalence, occurrence (frequency, duration, severity), distress, circumstances triggering the symptom, and effect on daily activities are requested. Subscale scores on five domains (symptom frequency, duration, effect on daily activities, severity and distress) are calculated by summing the raw scores and transforming them to a 0-100 scale. Higher scores represent a more pronounced symptom burden.

  4. Patients' self-care capabilities, assessed by the Self-Care Questionnaire (SCQ) [ Time Frame: at baseline, 3-,12- and 18 months and if applicable at the end of the study in the intervention groups. In the standard care group at baseline and 18 months and if applicable at the end of the study. ]
    This questionnaire includes a total of 15 questions. The first 6 questions will be scored on a 1 to 5 Likert scale. 1 is the best score and 5 is the worst score. The other 9 questions measure evolutions of self-care capabilities over time.

  5. Patients' adherence to medication (oral anticoagulation), measured by the Medication Events Monitoring System (MEMS). [ Time Frame: monitoring between 0-3 months and 12-15 months and feedback during 3-6 months and 15-18 months in those patients with a low adherence in the intervention groups ]
  6. Patients' satisfaction of the intervention will be assessed by a study specific Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) questionnaire. [ Time Frame: at 12 months in the intervention groups and 18 months in the standard care group. ]
    The number of questions will depend on the specific group allocation, ranging from a minimum of 4 questions to a maximum of 20 questions. These questions assess patients' satisfaction and opinion about the education provided during the study.

  7. Mortality [ Time Frame: Patients will be followed for a minimum of 18 months (=last included patient) to a maximum of 36 months (=first included patient). ]
    The occurrence of death will be followed.

  8. (Un)planned hospital admissions [ Time Frame: Patients will be followed for a minimum of 18 months (=last included patient) to a maximum of 36 months (=first included patient). ]
  9. Hospital duration [ Time Frame: Patients will be followed for a minimum of 18 months (=last included patient) to a maximum of 36 months (=first included patient). ]
    The total number of hospitalization days during the follow-up period will be calculated.

  10. (Un)planned cardiovascular and neurological visits [ Time Frame: Patients will be followed for a minimum of 18 months (=last included patient) to a maximum of 36 months (=first included patient). ]
  11. Cardiovascular emergency department visits [ Time Frame: Patients will be followed for a minimum of 18 months (=last included patient) to a maximum of 36 months (=first included patient). ]
  12. General practitioner visits [ Time Frame: Patients will be followed for a minimum of 18 months (=last included patient) to a maximum of 36 months (=first included patient). ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Time investments [ Time Frame: Patients will be followed for a minimum of 18 months (=last included patient) to a maximum of 36 months (=first included patient). ]
    Time investments will be tracked (e.g. timing of the initiation session, the education sessions, feedback during medication telemonitoring).

  2. Cost-utility analysis [ Time Frame: Patients will be followed for a minimum of 18 months (=last included patient) to a maximum of 36 months (=first included patient). ]
    A cost-utility analysis will be performed.

  3. Cost-effectiveness analysis [ Time Frame: Patients will be followed for a minimum of 18 months (=last included patient) to a maximum of 36 months (=first included patient). ]
    A cost-effectiveness analysis will be performed.



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age ≥ 18 years
  2. Patients in whom AF or atrial flutter is diagnosed with an electrocardiogram (12-lead, holter,…)
  3. Patients who are capable to sign the informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Not able to speak and read Dutch
  2. Cognitive impaired (e.g. severe dementia)
  3. Life expectancy is estimated to be less than 1 year.
  4. Ongoing participation in another clinical trial.
  5. Pregnant women

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03707873


Contacts
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Contact: Michiel Delesie, MD +32 3 821 54 75 michiel.delesie@uantwerpen.be
Contact: Lien Desteghe, MSc, PhD lien.desteghe@uhasselt.be

Locations
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Belgium
Antwerp University Hospital Recruiting
Edegem, Belgium
Contact: Michiel Delesie, MD         
Jessa Hospital Recruiting
Hasselt, Belgium
Contact: Lien Desteghe, MSc, PhD         
University Hospitals Leuven Recruiting
Leuven, Belgium
Contact: Joris Ector, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universiteit Antwerpen
Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders, Belgium
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Hein Heidbuchel, MD, PhD Universteit Antwerpen

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Responsible Party: Prof. Dr. Hein Heidbuchel, Professor Doctor, Universiteit Antwerpen
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03707873     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AF-EduCare / EC 18/12/171
T002917N ( Other Grant/Funding Number: Fund for Scientific Research Flanders (FWO) as Applied Biomedical Research with a Primary Social finality (TBM) )
First Posted: October 16, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 10, 2019
Last Verified: January 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Prof. Dr. Hein Heidbuchel, Universiteit Antwerpen:
Education
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Atrial Fibrillation
Arrhythmias, Cardiac
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Pathologic Processes