Growing Old at Home

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 27, 2008
Last Update Posted : June 3, 2010
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Information provided by:
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

March 26, 2008
March 27, 2008
June 3, 2010
September 2007
March 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
nursing home admission rate [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
Same as current
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  • health care service utilization and costs [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
  • incremental cost-effectiveness and cost- utility ratio [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
  • health related functioning [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
  • health related quality of life [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
  • prevalence of falls [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
  • time to nursing home admission [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
Same as current
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Growing Old at Home
Growing Old at Home - Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of Preventive Home Visits to Reduce Nursing Home Admissions in the Elderly
The purpose of this study is to determine whether preventive home visits for people aged 80 and over are effective in the prevention of nursing home admission in Germany.
Regarding demographic changes in Germany it can be assumed that the number of elderly and the resulting need for long term care is increasing in the near future. It is not only an individual's interest but also of public concern to avoid a nursing home admission. Current evidence indicates that preventive home visits can be an effective way to reduce the admission rate in this way making it possible for elderly people to stay longer at home than without home visits. As the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of preventive home visits strongly depends on existing services in the social and health system existing international results cannot be merely transferred to Germany. Therefore it is necessary to investigate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of such an intervention by a randomized controlled trial in Germany.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Behavioral: preventive home visit
A multidimensional geriatric assessment within the dimensions: cognition, health related functioning, risk of falling, nutritional status, social situation, economic situation, mood. Two more home visits: (1) home counseling visit 2-3 weeks after assessment (2) booster session 1 month after home counseling visit
Other Name: geriatric assessment
  • Experimental: 1
    Intervention: Behavioral: preventive home visit
  • No Intervention: 2

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March 2010
March 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • older than 80
  • fluent German speaker
  • resident of Leipzig or Halle
  • living at home (i.e. no nursing home resident)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • cognitive impairment
  • not able to give informed consent
  • care level higher than 1 according to German long term care insurance
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
80 Years and older   (Senior)
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Prof. Dr. phil habil Johann Behrens, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Principal Investigator: Johann Behrens, PhD Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Principal Investigator: Steffi Riedel-Heller, MD Universität Leipzig
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
January 2010

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