RESCUE Stroke Caregiver Website to Enhance Discharge Planning "RESCUE"

Recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Update History

3 Jul '17
The Summary of Purpose was updated.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the transitional care period (e.g., time which Veteran is discharged to home) followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 8 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Michael E. Debakey VAMC in Houston, Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC in Richmond, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, and the VA Boston Healthcare System). Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A team member will telephone caregivers at 11 weeks and 19 weeks after baseline data collection to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the transitional care period (e.g., time which Veteran is discharged to home) followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A team member will telephone caregivers at 11 weeks and 19 weeks after baseline data collection to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
The description was updated.
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered shortly after the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 8 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Michael E. Debakey VAMC in Houston, Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC in Richmond, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, and the VA Boston Healthcare System). Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A study team member will telephone caregivers at 11 weeks and 19 weeks after baseline data collection to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The team member will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the VA Managerial Cost Accounting System (MCAS) (formerly DSS) National Data Extracts and Non-VA Medical Care files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service and Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care. Impact: This is the first known study to test transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered shortly after the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A study team member will telephone caregivers at 11 weeks and 19 weeks after baseline data collection to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The team member will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the VA Managerial Cost Accounting System (MCAS) (formerly DSS) National Data Extracts and Non-VA Medical Care files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service and Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care. Impact: This is the first known study to test transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
Trial was updated to "N/A."
The gender criteria for eligibility was updated to "All."
17 Mar '16
The Summary of Purpose was updated.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the transitional care period (e.g., time which Veteran is discharged to home) followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A team member will telephone caregivers at 11 weeks and 19 weeks after baseline data collection to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the transitional care period (e.g., time which Veteran is discharged to home) followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A team member will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
The description was updated.
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered shortly after the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 11 and 19 weeks after baseline data collection. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A study team member will telephone caregivers at 11 weeks and 19 weeks after baseline data collection to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The team member will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the VA Managerial Cost Accounting System (MCAS) (formerly DSS) National Data Extracts and Non-VA Medical Care files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service and Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care. Impact: This is the first known study to test transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered shortly after the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 13 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A study team member will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The team member will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the VA Managerial Cost Accounting System (MCAS) (formerly DSS) National Data Extracts and Non-VA Medical Care files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service and Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care. Impact: This is the first known study to test transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
The eligibility criteria were updated.
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: - are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least one activity of daily living (ADL) deficits or a new or worsening cognitive or physical functioning problem, - have Internet and email access and ability, - are reachable by cell or home phone, - read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, - score 1 or greater on the Perceived Stress Scale - Veteran has been discharged to home within the preceding four months or plans to be ultimately discharged to home - are agreeable to be randomized to the intervention or standard care group Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans - are terminally ill - have a life expectancy of less than 6 months - are a prisoner, or - are professional caregivers who had no preexisting relationship to the Veteran - are enrolled or have completed similar caregiving interventions (at PI discretion) Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with the investigators' clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: - are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least one activity of daily living (ADL) deficits or a new or worsening cognitive or physical functioning problem, - have Internet and email access and ability, - are reachable by cell or home phone, - read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, - score 1 or greater on the Perceived Stress Scale - plan to be ultimately discharged to home - are agreeable to be randomized to the intervention or attention standard care group Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans - are terminally ill - have a life expectancy of less than 6 months - are a prisoner, or - are professional caregivers who had no preexisting relationship to the Veteran Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
14 Oct '15
The Summary of Purpose was updated.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the transitional care period (e.g., time which Veteran is discharged to home) followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A team member will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the transitional care period (e.g., time which Veteran is discharged to home) followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A team member will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
The description was updated.
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered shortly after the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 13 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A study team member will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The team member will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the VA Managerial Cost Accounting System (MCAS) (formerly DSS) National Data Extracts and Non-VA Medical Care files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service and Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care. Impact: This is the first known study to test transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered shortly after the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 13 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A study team member will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The team member will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the VA Managerial Cost Accounting System (MCAS) (formerly DSS) National Data Extracts and Non-VA Medical Care files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service and Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care. Impact: This is the first known study to test transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
21 Jul '15
The description was updated.
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered shortly after the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 13 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A study team member will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The team member will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the VA Managerial Cost Accounting System (MCAS) (formerly DSS) National Data Extracts and Non-VA Medical Care files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service and Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care. Impact: This is the first known study to test transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 13 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A study team member will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The team member will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the VA Managerial Cost Accounting System (MCAS) (formerly DSS) National Data Extracts and Non-VA Medical Care files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service and Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care. Impact: This is the first known study to test transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
A location was updated in Miami.
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The overall status was updated to "Recruiting" at Miami VA Healthcare System, Miami, FL.
A location was updated in Tampa.
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The overall status was updated to "Recruiting" at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Tampa, FL.
10 Jul '15
The Summary of Purpose was updated.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the transitional care period (e.g., time which Veteran is discharged to home) followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A team member will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the transitional care period (e.g., time which Veteran is discharged to home) followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A team member will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
26 Jun '15
The Summary of Purpose was updated.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the transitional care period (e.g., time which Veteran is discharged to home) followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A team member will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the transitional care period (e.g., time which Veteran is discharged to home) followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
The description was updated.
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.cidrr8.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 13 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A study team member will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The team member will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the VA Managerial Cost Accounting System (MCAS) (formerly DSS) National Data Extracts and Non-VA Medical Care files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service and Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care. Impact: This is the first known study to test transition-to-home intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 13 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The RA will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the VA Managerial Cost Accounting System (MCAS) (formally DSS) National Data Extracts and VA fee-basis files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service and Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care. Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
The eligibility criteria were updated.
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: - are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least one activity of daily living (ADL) deficits or a new or worsening cognitive or physical functioning problem, - have Internet and email access and ability, - are reachable by cell or home phone, - read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, - score 1 or greater on the Perceived Stress Scale - plan to be ultimately discharged to home - are agreeable to be randomized to the intervention or attention standard care group Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans - are terminally ill - have a life expectancy of less than 6 months - are a prisoner, or - are professional caregivers who had no preexisting relationship to the Veteran Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: - are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least one activity of daily living (ADL) deficits or a new or worsening cognitive or physical functioning problem, - have Internet and email access and ability, - are reachable by cell or home phone, - read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, - score 1 or greater on the Perceived Stress Scale - plan to be ultimately discharged to home - are agreeable to be randomized to the intervention or attention standard care group Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans - are terminally ill - have a life expectancy of less than 6 months - are a prisoner, or - are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program - are professional caregivers who had no preexisting relationship to the Veteran Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
23 Jan '15
The Summary of Purpose was updated.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the transitional care period (e.g., time which Veteran is discharged to home) followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 14 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, problem-solving abilities, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 7 weeks and 14 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
The description was updated.
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 13 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 13 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, positive aspects of caregiving, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 13 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 4 weeks and 13 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The RA will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the VA Managerial Cost Accounting System (MCAS) (formally DSS) National Data Extracts and VA fee-basis files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service and Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care. Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 14 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 14 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, problem-solving abilities, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 7 weeks and 14 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The RA will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the Decision Support System National Data Extracts and VA fee-basis files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service, Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, My HealtheVet Program Office, Stroke QUERI Center) and non-VA partners (American Stroke Association). Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
The eligibility criteria were updated.
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: - are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least one activity of daily living (ADL) deficits or a new or worsening cognitive or physical functioning problem, - have Internet and email access and ability, - are reachable by cell or home phone, - read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, - score 1 or greater on the Perceived Stress Scale - plan to be ultimately discharged to home - are agreeable to be randomized to the intervention or attention standard care group Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans - are terminally ill - have a life expectancy of less than 6 months - are a prisoner, or - are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program - are professional caregivers who had no preexisting relationship to the Veteran Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: - are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least one activity of daily living (ADL) deficits or a new or worsening cognitive or physical functioning problem, - have Internet access and ability, - are reachable by cell or home phone, - read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, - are agreeable to be randomized to the intervention or attention control group Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans - are terminally ill - have a life expectancy of less than 6 months - are a prisoner, or - are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
1 Aug '14
The eligibility criteria were updated.
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: - are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least one activity of daily living (ADL) deficits or a new or worsening cognitive or physical functioning problem, - have Internet access and ability, - are reachable by cell or home phone, - read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, - are agreeable to be randomized to the intervention or attention control group Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans - are terminally ill - have a life expectancy of less than 6 months - are a prisoner, or - are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: - are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least one activity of daily living (ADL) deficits, - have Internet access and ability, - are reachable by cell or home phone, - read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, - are agreeable to be randomized to the intervention or attention control group Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans - have a life expectancy of less than 6 months, or - are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
28 Feb '14
The eligibility criteria were updated.
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: - are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least one activity of daily living (ADL) deficits, - have Internet access and ability, - are reachable by cell or home phone, - read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, - are agreeable to be randomized to the intervention or attention control group Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans - have a life expectancy of less than 6 months, or - are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke discharged to home from a VA inpatient facility are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: - are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least two activity of daily living (ADL) deficits, - are the significant other or related by blood or marriage to the stroke survivor, - have Internet access and ability, - are reachable by cell or home phone, - read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, - have low or intermediate levels of social support, and - agree to random assignment to the intervention or attention control group. Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans - have a life expectancy of less than 6 months, or - are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program. Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
11 Sep '13
The eligibility criteria were updated.
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke discharged to home from a VA inpatient facility are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: - are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least two activity of daily living (ADL) deficits, - are the significant other or related by blood or marriage to the stroke survivor, - have Internet access and ability, - are reachable by cell or home phone, - read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, - have low or intermediate levels of social support, and - agree to random assignment to the intervention or attention control group. Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans - have a life expectancy of less than 6 months, or - are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program. Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke discharged to home from a VA inpatient facility are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: 1. are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least two activity of daily living (ADL) deficits, 2. are the significant other or related by blood or marriage to the stroke survivor, 3. have Internet access and ability, 4. are reachable by cell or home phone, 5. read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, 6. have low or intermediate levels of social support, and 7. agree to random assignment to the intervention or attention control group. Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans 1. have a life expectancy of less than 6 months, or 2. are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program. Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
22 Mar '13
The Summary of Purpose was updated.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 14 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, problem-solving abilities, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 7 weeks and 14 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, fact sheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 14 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, problem-solving abilities, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 7 weeks and 14 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
The description was updated.
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 14 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 14 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, problem-solving abilities, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 7 weeks and 14 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The RA will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the Decision Support System National Data Extracts and VA fee-basis files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service, Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, My HealtheVet Program Office, Stroke QUERI Center) and non-VA partners (American Stroke Association). Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, fact sheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 14 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 14 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, problem-solving abilities, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 7 weeks and 14 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The RA will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the Decision Support System National Data Extracts and VA fee-basis files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service, Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, My HealtheVet Program Office, Stroke QUERI Center) and non-VA partners (American Stroke Association). Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
The eligibility criteria were updated.
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke discharged to home from a VA inpatient facility are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: 1. are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least two activity of daily living (ADL) deficits, 2. are the significant other or related by blood or marriage to the stroke survivor, 3. have Internet access and ability, 4. are reachable by cell or home phone, 5. read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, 6. have low or intermediate levels of social support, and 7. agree to random assignment to the intervention or attention control group. Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans 1. have a life expectancy of less than 6 months, or 2. are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program. Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke discharged to home from a VA inpatient facility are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: 1. are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least two activity of daily living (ADL) deficits, 2. are related by blood or marriage to the stroke survivor, 3. have Internet access and ability, 4. are reachable by cell or home phone, 5. read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, 6. have low or intermediate levels of social support, and 7. agree to random assignment to the intervention or attention control group. Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans 1. have a life expectancy of less than 6 months, or 2. are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program. Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
24 Oct '12
The Summary of Purpose was updated.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, fact sheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 14 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, problem-solving abilities, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 7 weeks and 14 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
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Aims and Intervention: The long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 14 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, problem-solving abilities, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Design and Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 7 weeks and 14 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans.
The description was updated.
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement. To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. The investigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, fact sheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). The investigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 14 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 14 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, problem-solving abilities, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 7 weeks and 14 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The RA will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the Decision Support System National Data Extracts and VA fee-basis files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service, Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, My HealtheVet Program Office, Stroke QUERI Center) and non-VA partners (American Stroke Association). Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
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Background: Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and is a major contributor of survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization. Researchers have consistently found that interventions to help caregivers resolve problems are effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, these problem-solving interventions have been underused in practice because they involve multiple, in-person or telephone sessions and require large amounts of staff time to implement.To overcome these barriers, the long-term goal is to implement stroke caregiver programs that involve low-cost interventions that are sustainable in routine clinical practice. The immediate objective is to test, using a randomized controlled trial, a problem-solving intervention for stroke caregivers that can be delivered during the Veterans' in-patient stays followed by online, in-home sessions. Theinvestigators will modify the traditional, problem-solving intervention by adding web-based training using interactive modules, factsheets, and tools on previously developed and nationally available RESCUE Caregiver website (www.rorc.research.va.gov/rescue). Theinvestigators will also provide on-line, skills training and application of the problem-solving approach via the RESCUE messaging center, a secure site behind the VA firewall. This work builds on the team's extensive experience in stroke caregiver education. The immediate, primary aim (#1) is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' depressive symptoms at 14 weeks post-discharge from in-patient settings. Primary Hypothesis: Stroke caregivers who receive the intervention will have less depressive symptoms at 14 weeks compared to stroke caregivers who receive standard care. The investigators propose four secondary aims. Aim #2 is to test the effect of the intervention on stroke caregivers' burden, problem-solving abilities, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and satisfaction with care at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #3 is to test the effect of the intervention on Veterans' outcomes: functional abilities and healthcare utilization (i.e., unintended hospital bed days of care, number of emergency room visits, number of unscheduled clinic visits) at 14 weeks post-discharge. Aim #4 is to determine the budgetary impact for implementing the intervention. Aim #5 is to determine the facilitators, barriers and best practices for implementing the intervention. Methods: The investigators will conduct a two-group randomized controlled trial with repeated measures and use mixed methods to determine caregivers' perceptions of the intervention. The investigators will enroll 240 stroke caregivers at 3 study sites (North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, Miami VA Healthcare System, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa) in VISN8. Eligible caregivers will be interviewed, complete baseline measures, and then be randomized to two groups: 1) intervention group, or 2) standard care. A research assistant (RA) will telephone caregivers at 7 weeks and 14 weeks to answer questions on instruments with established reliability and validity. The RA will review the Veterans' VA Computerized Patient Record System health record to obtain information on the Veterans' healthcare utilization. The investigators will determine the budgetary impact of the intervention by examining the cost data in the Decision Support System National Data Extracts and VA fee-basis files. Qualitative interviews will be conducted with selected caregivers to obtain in-depth perceptions of the value, facilitators, and barriers of the intervention. Throughout all phases of the project, the investigators will collaborate with VA (Offices of Nursing Service, Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, My HealtheVet Program Office, Stroke QUERI Center) and non-VA partners (American Stroke Association). Impact: This is the first known study to test a discharge-planning intervention combined with technology to improve the quality of caregiving and the recovery of Veterans. Other outcomes will be a state-of-the-art website and an evidence-based model (in-patient, discharge planning and online, training and caregiver-provider messaging) that can be transportable to other disease models
The eligibility criteria were updated.
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Inclusion Criteria: All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke discharged to home from a VA inpatient facility are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: 1. are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least two activity of daily living (ADL) deficits, 2. are related by blood or marriage to the stroke survivor, 3. have Internet access and ability, 4. are reachable by cell or home phone, 5. read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, 6. have low or intermediate levels of social support, and 7. agree to random assignment to the intervention or attention control group. Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans 1. have a life expectancy of less than 6 months, or 2. are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program. Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).
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Inclusion Criteria: - All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke discharged to home from a VA inpatient facility are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria: 1. are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least two activity of daily living (ADL) deficits, 2. are related by blood or marriage to the stroke survivor, 3. have Internet access and ability, 4. are reachable by cell or home phone, 5. read English at the sixth grade reading level or better, 6. have low or intermediate levels of social support, and 7. agree to random assignment to the intervention or attention control group. Exclusion Criteria: Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans 1. have a life expectancy of less than 6 months, or 2. are enrolled in home-based primary care or a telehealth program. - Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with our clinical team members (MDs, RNs).