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Health Economic Evaluation of Remote Follow up for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Patients (TARIFF)

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: NCT01075516
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 25, 2010
Last Update Posted : February 3, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Abbott Medical Devices

Brief Summary:
The purpose of the study is to define the economic value of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) remote monitoring for hospitals, third payers and patients in Italy. Aims of the study are to develop a hospital cost minimization analysis and a cost effectiveness analysis based on direct estimation of costs and quality of life deriving from remote follow up (performed with Merlin@home and compared to standard follow up in the management of ICD implanted patients.

Condition or disease
Complication of Cardiac Defibrillator

Detailed Description:
TARIFF is a prospective observational study aimed to measure direct, indirect costs and quality of life of all participants for the duration of the observational timeframe. Purpose of cost collecting is to include a complete set of medical services and productivity loses that could be directly affected by the different clinical FU pathway. The study consists of 2 phases: firstly standard follow up costs will be collected for 100 pts, then all costs associated to remote follow ups will be collected for other 100 patients.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 200 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: TARIFF Health Economics Evaluation Registry for Remote Follow up
Study Start Date : December 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2013

Standard Follow Up
ICD patients followed through periodic in-hospital visits
Remote Follow Up
ICD patients followed with remote transmitters (Merlin@Home) that periodically communicate correct system functioning

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. To determine cost minimization analysis from hospital's point of view and to determine cost utility analysis from patient's and third payer's point of view using Merlin@home and versus standard follow up in the Italian real life setting. [ Time Frame: 12 months follow up ]
    Costs analysis of the 2 different way of patient follow up

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. To evaluate the differential procedural costs for SSN (Italian Health Economic System) coming from the two follow up techniques. [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    Comparison of costs for the Italian Health Economic System derived from the use of Merlin@Home system versus standard in clinic follow up

  2. To evaluate patients' quality of life through EQ-5D questionnaire performing standard and remote care follow up. [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    Evaluation of patient quality of life during follow up with/without using Merlin@Home system

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients implanted with ICD according to current guidelines and with the possibility to use Merlin@home transmitters

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients already implanted with ICD
  • Patients able to be followed in the same centre during all the study
  • Patients with age > 18
  • Patients able to understand and to answer to EQ-5D Questionnaire

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients pregnant
  • Patients unable to connect Merlin@home transmitters with Website (i.e.without telephonic analogic line or GSM/UMTS connection)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01075516

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Azienda Ospedaliera S.Gerardo
Monza, Monza (MB), Italy, 20052
Casa di Cura Pederzoli
Peschiera del Garda, VR, Italy
Ospedale Careggi
Firenze, Italy
Ospedale Luigi Sacco
Milano, Italy
Ospedale Monaldi
Napoli, Italy
Ospedale San Filippo Neri
Roma, Italy, 00135
Sponsors and Collaborators
Abbott Medical Devices
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Principal Investigator: Massimo Santini, Prof. Ospedale San Filippo Neri, Roma, Italy
Publications of Results:
Other Publications:

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Responsible Party: Abbott Medical Devices Identifier: NCT01075516    
Other Study ID Numbers: CR 09 021 IT RC
First Posted: February 25, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 3, 2014
Last Verified: January 2014
Keywords provided by Abbott Medical Devices:
Remote Monitoring
ICD patients
EQ-5D questionnaire
remote follow up