Effect of Strategies to Improve General Practitioner-nurse Collaboration and Communication (interprof ACT)

U

University Medical Center Goettingen

Status

Completed

Conditions

Utilization of Medical Care by Nursing Home Residents

Treatments

Procedure: interprof ACT measures

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT03426475
01811

Details and patient eligibility

About

Previously,six measures were developed for a better collaboration of general practitioners and nurses in nursing homes in a qualitative multistep bottom-up process. These measures, summarised as the interprof ACT intervention, shall improve the flow of information and the communication between the involved parties and lead to more transparency and effectiveness regarding treatment decisions of nursing home residents.The major aim of this trial is to examine the clinical effectiveness of interprof ACT. The main hypothesis is that implementation of interprof ACT reduces the cumulative incidence of hospitalisations of nursing home residents within 12 months from 50% to 35% (15% absolute reduction).

Enrollment

680 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion Criteria Residents:

  • at least one GP visit in recent three months or
  • two GP visits in recent 6 months or
  • admission to the nursing home during the precedent 6 months independently of documented GP contacts
  • at least 18 years of age
  • written informed consent by the resident or her/his legal guardian

Inclusion Criteria Nursing Homes:

  • minimum size of 40 residents
  • written consent provided by the nursing home Manager Prior to randomisation

Exclusion Criteria Residents:

  • admission for short term care only

Exclusion Criteria Nursing Homes:

  • participation in other projects on interprofessional collaboration.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

680 participants in 2 patient groups

Control Group
No Intervention group
Description:
Care of nursing home residents as usual.
Interventional Group
Experimental group
Description:
Implementation of interprof ACT measures to improve collaboration and communication between general practitioners and nursing staff. Measures are selected and adapted by nursing home management / nurses, GPs and residents' relatives or representatives.
Treatment:
Procedure: interprof ACT measures

Trial contacts and locations

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