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A Communication Strategy for Families of Patients Dying in the ICU

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: NCT00331877
Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : May 31, 2006
Last Update Posted : May 31, 2006
Information provided by:
Famirea Study Group

Brief Summary:
Decisions to limit life sustaining treatments are made for most patients dying in the ICU, usually with input from the family. The well-being of the family may be jeopardized by involvement in the decision-making process and bereavement. We evaluated the ability of a proactive communication strategy (family conference and providing family members with a bereavement information leaflet) designed to improve family well-being.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Family of Dying Patient in the ICU Procedure: family conference with bereavement information leaflet Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 136 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
Official Title: A Proactive Communication Strategy for Family Members of Patients Dying in the ICU: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : May 2005
Study Completion Date : January 2006

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. symptoms related to posttraumatic stress disorder

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. symptoms of anxiety and depression

Information from the National Library of Medicine

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • family of dying patient

Exclusion Criteria:

  • family having no enough knowledge of French to respond to telephone interview
  • patient alive on day 90

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00331877

Sponsors and Collaborators
Famirea Study Group
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Study Director: Elie Azoulay, Md, PhD Famirea Study Group
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00331877    
Other Study ID Numbers: famirea VIII
First Posted: May 31, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 31, 2006
Last Verified: May 2006
Keywords provided by Famirea Study Group:
intensive care unit