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Use of Online Communications to Support Patients and Their Families in the Hospice Unit

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02483390
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified June 2015 by Pesach Shvartzman, Meir Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : June 26, 2015
Last Update Posted : June 26, 2015
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Pesach Shvartzman, Meir Medical Center

Brief Summary:
The increasing awareness of the importance of palliative care has led, in Israel, to the 2005 Law for the Rights of Persons with Terminal Illness. Still, problems of accessibility to palliative care remain unresolved. The use of e-health services is likely to expand the ability of the medical, psychosocial and nursing staff to reach patients who are either living in the periphery, are unable to make clinic visits or whose family members are housebound in order to be caregivers. This exploratory research is designed to explore the issues, barriers and advantages of e-health care through the perspective of the palliative care staff members, the patients themselves and their caregiving family members.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Palliative Care Other: psychosocial intervention Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
This study is designed to test the applicability and suitability of e-health services (e.g. by use of SKYPE) to the psychosocial needs of patients and their families who are getting services through home hospice care. In addition, the attitudes of the hospice staff will be investigated to the use of e-health methods. The study will clarify selection criteria, referral pathways and barriers and/or supporting elements that will allow e-health services to be provided in a highly professional fashion. Up to 20 dyads of a patient and their primary caregiver will be recruited from those who are receiving services from the home hospice unit of the Kupat Holim Clalit (General Sick Fund) in the South of Israel.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Use of Online Communications to Support Patients and Their Families in the Hospice Unit
Study Start Date : June 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date : May 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date : May 2017

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Intervention group: All dyads are in the intervention arm. Other: psychosocial intervention
e-health services (e.g. by use of SKYPE) to the psychosocial needs of patients and their families who are getting services through home hospice care. In addition, the attitudes of the hospice staff will be investigated to the use of e-health methods.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. SWAT - The social work assessment tool [ Time Frame: One year ]
    Tool to assess the quality of social work psychosocial services


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. EIS (Emotional Intimacy Scale) [ Time Frame: 6 month ]
    assess the emotional intimacy component a close relationship

  2. SLDS (Satisfaction with cancer scale) [ Time Frame: 6 month ]
    assess cancer patient quality of life

  3. the will to live question [ Time Frame: 6 month ]
    assess the will to live in a specific time point

  4. ZBI (Zarit burden scale), [ Time Frame: 6 month ]
    assess primary care burden

  5. attitudes toward use of e-therapy questionnaire. [ Time Frame: 6 month ]
    estimate attitudes of professional care giver



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patient currently receiving care from the home hospice unit,
  • over the age of 18,
  • able to give informed consent,
  • with a computer that can use SKYPE or a smartphone,
  • speaking a language of the psychosocial staff person (Hebrew, English, Russian, Arabic).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Brain tumors,
  • dementia,
  • speech disturbance,
  • refusal to participate,
  • language other than the four spoken by psychosocial staff members,
  • inability to use technology or lack of computer in the home.

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Contacts
Contact: Pesach Shvartzman, M.D. 972-8-6477429 SPESAH@BGU.AC.IL

Sponsors and Collaborators
Pesach Shvartzman

Responsible Party: Pesach Shvartzman, Prof., Meir Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02483390     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ק007/2015
First Posted: June 26, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 26, 2015
Last Verified: June 2015

Keywords provided by Pesach Shvartzman, Meir Medical Center:
palliative care
e-health
e-therapy
psychosocial services