The Residential Care Transition Module (RCTM)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02915939|
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : September 27, 2016
Last Update Posted : April 27, 2021
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Alzheimer Disease Dementia||Behavioral: The Residential Care Transition Module||Not Applicable|
Emerging research on family caregiving and institutionalization has found that families do not disengage from care responsibilities following relatives' admissions to residential long-term care settings. Families instead remain involved in a spectrum of care activities ranging from instrumental activities of daily living to emotional support. Perhaps for these reasons, a number of studies have noted that caregiving stress, depression, or other key outcomes remain stable or sometimes increase following residential long-term care (RLTC) entry for certain types of caregivers. A few interventions have attempted to increase family involvement after institutionalization, but no rigorous studies have demonstrated that these interventions are effective in helping families navigate transitions to RLTC environments.
The Residential Care Transition Module (RCTM) provides 6 formal sessions of consultation (one-to-one and family sessions) over a 4-month period to those family caregivers who have recently admitted a relative to a RLTC setting. In this randomized controlled trial, family members who have admitted a cognitively impaired relative to a RLTC setting will be randomly assigned to the RCTM [(n = 120)] or a usual care control condition [(n = 120)]. A mixed methods analysis will be used to pursue the following aims: Specific Aim 1: Assess whether the RCTM yields statistically significant reductions in family members' primary subjective stress and negative mental health outcomes; Specific Aim 2) Determine whether family members who receive the RCTM will indicate statistically significant decreases in secondary role strains over a 12-month period when compared to usual care controls; Specific Aim 3) Determine whether RCTM family members report statistically significant decreases in residential care stress when compared to family members in the usual care control group; and Specific Aim 4) Delineate the mechanism of action of RCTM under conditions of high and low success by "embedding" qualitative components (30 semi-structured interviews) at the conclusion of the 12-month evaluation.
The proposed project will fill an important clinical and research gap by evaluating a psychosocial intervention designed for families following RLTC placement that determines whether and how the RCTM can help families better navigate the residential care transitions of cognitively impaired relatives.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||240 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Single (Outcomes Assessor)|
|Primary Purpose:||Supportive Care|
|Official Title:||The Residential Care Transition Module|
|Actual Study Start Date :||December 2016|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||May 2021|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||May 2021|
Experimental: Treatment Group
The Residential Care Transition Module (RCTM) includes six in-person consultation sessions over a 4-month period conducted by a trained Transition Counselor (TC) with a primary family caregiver (self-identified as the person most responsible for providing on-going assistance to the care recipient in a residential long-term care setting such (RLTC) such as a nursing home or assisted living memory care unit.
Behavioral: The Residential Care Transition Module
Residential Care Transition Module sessions focus on the experiences of the caregiver, the care recipient, and (potentially) other family members immediately following residential long-term care (RLTC) admission. The sessions are designed to establish a therapeutic rapport with the caregiver and the family; provide a safe environment to explore stressors; examine family relational dynamics as they relate to the RLTC placement decision itself as well as the roles different family members play in the life of the caregiver and relative in RLTC; identify new modes of communication to facilitate more effective interactions with other family members and care staff; and identify effective ways to advocate for improved quality of care for and quality of life of their relatives in RLTC.
No Intervention: Usual Care Group
The usual care control group will adjust for the social engagement provided to the Residential Care Transition Module (RCTM )treatment condition. The Transition Counselor (TC) will provide quarterly contact calls and the research coordinator will send a bi-annual project newsletter to all participants. If caregivers in the control group initiate contact with the TC for care needs, the TC will provide information and referral support.
- Change in care-related strain [ Time Frame: 12 months ]A 7-item measure of care-related strain that assesses the stress family caregivers perceive as a result of having a relative in residential care
- Change in burden: Zarit Burden Interview [ Time Frame: 12 months ]A 7-item version of the Zarit Burden Interview
- Change in stress: Perceived Stress Scale [ Time Frame: 12 months ]The Perceived Stress Scale
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02915939
|United States, Minnesota|
|University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, 6-153 Weaver-Densford Hall|
|Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55455|
|Principal Investigator:||Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD||University of Minnesota|