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Family Preparation Study For Withdrawal of Mechanical Ventilation From Their Family Member

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00214344
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 21, 2005
Last Update Posted : October 5, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE September 15, 2005
First Posted Date  ICMJE September 21, 2005
Last Update Posted Date October 5, 2015
Study Start Date  ICMJE October 2003
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: February 8, 2006)
Are the families who received education/counseling better prepared for the experience of the dying patient
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 15, 2005)
Are the families who received education/couseling better prepared for the experience of the dying patient
Change History Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00214344 on Archive Site
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 15, 2005)
This is a feasibility Pilot Study
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Family Preparation Study For Withdrawal of Mechanical Ventilation From Their Family Member
Official Title  ICMJE Evaluating the Usefulness of Preparing Families For Withdrawal of Mechanical Ventilation From Their Family Member: A Pilot Study
Brief Summary

Using the self-regulation theory, an intervention to prepare families for that experience was developed. This study will assess the impact of the intervention on a family's evaluation of their preparation and their short-term coping. The site used for this study will be the Trauma and Life Support Center (TLC), University of Wisconsin (UW) Hospital. After a decision has been made to withdraw life support, a member of the TLC staff will approach the next of kin of the patient to inform him/her about the study and inquire about his/her interest to participate. Using an experimental design, 10 family members will be assigned to the control group and 10 to the intervention group. Upon agreement, a research nurse will use a "coin toss method" for group assignment of the subjects until there are ten in each group. Experimental group subjects will receive the intervention after the family meeting. Demographics of the next of kin will be collected at this time. Patient information such as demographics, diagnosis, and time of withdrawal and death will be collected too. Two to four weeks after death, a telephone interview will be conducted with the next of kin using the "Evaluation of the Experience of Withdrawal" questionnaire and the Profile of Mood State - shortened version.

Potential benefits are that the families will be prepared for the experience of the dying patient, which will help them cope better during withdrawal and after their loss. There are no major risks to the subjects but there might be an increase in psychological distress.

Detailed Description Not Provided
Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Phase 2
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Condition  ICMJE
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Critically Ill
Intervention  ICMJE Behavioral: family preparation for withdrawing life support
Study Arms  ICMJE Not Provided
Publications * Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Completed
Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 15, 2005)
Original Enrollment  ICMJE Same as current
Actual Study Completion Date  ICMJE February 2007
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Next of kin of a patient who will have withdrawal of life support
  • Participant must be 18 years of age or older and read, write, and speak English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Family is unusually highly emotional
  • Patient will be a living donor
  • Patient is conscious
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE Yes
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE United States
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT00214344
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE M-2003-0040
Has Data Monitoring Committee Not Provided
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Responsible Party University of Wisconsin, Madison
Study Sponsor  ICMJE University of Wisconsin, Madison
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE
Principal Investigator: Karin T Kirchhoff University of Wisconsin, Madison
PRS Account University of Wisconsin, Madison
Verification Date September 2005

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