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Bring Communities and Technology Together for Healthy Aging (ElderTree)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02128789
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 1, 2014
Last Update Posted : October 27, 2016
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Brief Summary:
Technology has been created to help older adults age well in their homes, but adoption and acceptance have been slow. The researchers are developing a low-cost web-based technology, called Elder Tree, for older adults and caregivers to address key challenges older adults face, such as loneliness and isolation, falls, loss of driving privileges, relapsing from proven falls prevention strategies, and unreliable home services. Elder Tree is being developed and tested with older adults and caregivers to identify, 1) usability issues such as font size, navigation and interface (audio, video,text) and 2) content and tailoring issues such as identifying local resources and events. This study will employ a randomized longitudinal design comparing a control group to an intervention group over a 12-month period. Investigators hypothesize that older adults using Elder Tree will experience greater independence and quality of life when compared to the control group. Investigators will use quantitative measures to determine how much our intervention improves: quality of life and health system use. These measures will help us to determine the cost effectiveness of Elder Tree. Investigators will recruit and test Elder Tree in 3 Regional Aging and Disability Resource Centers; one urban, one suburban and one rural setting, so to account for environmental and community differences. The older adult and their caregiver will be randomized to the same treatment group. Investigators will measure the effect over the 12 month intervention period and a 6 month follow-up period at 18 months.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
65 Years Older Requires IADL Support Past Year History of Falls and/or Hospitalization Other: Elder Tree website Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 600 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Bring Communities and Technology Together for Healthy Aging
Study Start Date : June 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2016

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MedlinePlus related topics: Caregivers

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Control Condition
Subjects receive usual care and support. No study intervention provided
Experimental: Elder Tree Condition
Elder Tree website. Subjects receive usual care, support and access to the study intervention website.
Other: Elder Tree website
Elder Tree is a private, secure information, support and communication website developed for this study.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of older adult subjects with increased independence and quality of life from baseline to 18 months [ Time Frame: Change in independence and quality of life will be assessed at 6, 12 , 18 months ]
    Compared to the control group elders using Elder Tree will experience greater independence and quality of life and will have fewer unscheduled clinical and emergency room visits and hospital and nursing home stays.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of caregiver subjects with improved satisfaction [ Time Frame: Change in improved caregiver satisfaction will be assessed at 6, 12 , 18 months ]
    Compared to the control group, caregivers using Elder Tree will experience improved satisfaction, coping and appraisal.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 65 years or older
  • In need of IADL support
  • 1 years history or risk of hospitalization or falls
  • Resident of the following counties Milwaukee, WI, Waukesha Wi or Richland County
  • Must be able to read English at a 6th grade level.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Under 65 years of age
  • Unable to read English
  • Not a resident of the above listed counties.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02128789


Locations
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United States, Wisconsin
University of WI Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, United States, 53705
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Wisconsin, Madison
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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Responsible Party: University of Wisconsin, Madison
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02128789     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2013-0171
5P50HS019917-04 ( U.S. AHRQ Grant/Contract )
HS019917 ( Other Identifier: Study Team )
First Posted: May 1, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 27, 2016
Last Verified: October 2016
Keywords provided by University of Wisconsin, Madison:
Older Adults
Caregivers
Aging
Support