Randomised Controlled Trial of Unsolicited Occupational Therapy in Community-Dwelling Elderly
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Randomised Controlled Trial of Unsolicited Occupational Therapy in Community-Dwelling Elderly|
- Score on the Groningen Activity Restriction Scale (GARS)
- Well-being and feelings of loneliness.
|Study Start Date:||March 2000|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||May 2004|
Community-dwelling elderly, and particularly the oldest old, are generally viewed as highly susceptible to the ‘inverse care law’. That is, those in greatest need for preventive assessment and surveillance have the highest potential benefit but are most likely to be missed. Hence, active case-finding and close follow-up might be an important strategy for maintaining the health, independence, and well-being of very elderly people who are at a particularly high risk.
In this study we aim to assess whether unsolicited occupational therapy compared to no therapy can decelerate the increase in disability in high-risk elderly. Subjects in the intervention group will be visited by an occupational therapist who provides training and education about assistive devices that are already present and will give recommendations and information about procedures, possibilities, and costs of assistive devices and community-based services. Control subjects will not be visited by an occupational therapist.
The primary outcome measure of the trial will be the score on the Groningen Activity Restriction Scale (GARS). Secondary outcome measures will be well-being and feelings of loneliness.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00278096
|Principal Investigator:||Anton JM de Craen, PhD||Leiden University Medical Center|