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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Witnessing by a Relative (PRESENCE)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 9, 2009
Last Update Posted : January 18, 2013
Ministry of Health, France
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris

Brief Summary:
The bereavement generated by the loss of a family member can induce pathological situations: depressive state, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and complicated grief. These morbid factors can be influenced by the death circumstances and in particular by the possibility given to the family to attend the medical management of the patient. This clinical trial aims to evaluate the psychological consequences of bereavement on the relatives according to the possibility of witnessing the cardiopulmonary resuscitation of a family member. This possibility lies within the scope of a strategy of global management of the relatives.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Cardiac Arrest Other: Usual strategy Other: Modified strategy Phase 4

Detailed Description:

This clinical trial aims to compare the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder on a relative related to the death of a family member:

Test group: the medical team will propose to the relative to witness the cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Control group: the medical team will not modify its usual management of care.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 570 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Interest for a Relative of Seeing Himself Proposing to Witness Resuscitation of a Family Member Victim of a Cardiac Arrest
Study Start Date : November 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2011

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MedlinePlus related topics: CPR Cardiac Arrest

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Arm 1 : Control : usual strategy Other: Usual strategy
Usual strategy

Experimental: Arm 2: Comparator : modified strategy Other: Modified strategy
Proposition to a relative to witness the cardiopulmonary resuscitation of a family member and debriefing ot the situation

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Percentage of relatives having a score of the Impact of Events Scale (IES) > 30 [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Psychological questionnaires as the hospital anxiety and depression scale (HAD), the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI), the Inventory of Complicated Grief (ICG) [ Time Frame: 3 and 12 months ]
  2. Psychological follow-up [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  3. Suicide [ Time Frame: 3 and 12 months ]
  4. Medico-legal recourse [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
  5. Quality of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation [ Time Frame: day 0 ]
  6. Questionnaire evaluating the stress of the medical and paramedical team [ Time Frame: day 0 ]

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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:

  • Patient victim of a cardiac arrest and resuscitation initiated
  • Occurrence of cardiac arrest at home
  • Presence of a relative :

    • husband or spouse
    • father or mother
    • son or daughter
    • brother or sister
  • Patient's age ≥ 18 years
  • Relative's age ≥ 18 years
  • Consent of the relative to the participation in the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No understanding of the explanations (language problem, important agitation)
  • Non-affiliated to social security

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01009606

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SAMU 93 - Hôpital Avicenne
Bobigny, Ile de France, France, 93000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Ministry of Health, France
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Principal Investigator: Frédéric ADNET, MD,PhD Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris Identifier: NCT01009606    
Other Study ID Numbers: P071239
First Posted: November 9, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 18, 2013
Last Verified: December 2012
Keywords provided by Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris:
Cardiac arrest
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Heart Arrest
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases