Supporting Older Spousal Caregivers Who Care for a Partner With Multimorbidity at Home

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Ersta Sköndal University College

Status

Active, not recruiting

Conditions

Support, Family
Family Members
Home Care Services

Treatments

Other: The Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool Intervention (CSNAT-I)

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT06229431
ErstaSUC3

Details and patient eligibility

About

Research problem and specific questions: This project aims to evaluate the person-centred Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool Intervention (C SNAT-I), in Swedish "Ditt behov av stöd". The project goal is to promote preparedness, quality of life and health for older spousal caregivers (≥65 years) who care for a partner (≥65years) with multimorbidity at home. Data, method and plan for realisation: With a cluster randomised controlled design in a primary health care context the C SNAT-I will be tested. The intervention consists of two parts, an evidence-based tool and a personcentred five stage process to proactively identify and address caregivers needs: 1) introduction of the CSNAT tool comprising 16 questions about the need for support, 2) caregiver consideration and reflection on support needs, 3) an assessment conversation between the caregiver and a nurse, 4) a shared action plan is formed and 5) continuous review of support needs and action plan. Primary health care centres will be randomized to intervention or control arm. Multiple research methods for data collection and analyses will be used. In total 180 caregivers will be recruited for one year and data collected at baseline, 8 and 16 weeks later.

Full description

Research problem and specific questions: This project aims to evaluate the person-centred Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool Intervention (CSNAT-I), in Swedish "Ditt behov av stöd". The project goal is to promote preparedness, quality of life and health for older spousal caregivers (≥65 years) who care for a partner (≥65 years) with multimorbidity at home. Data, method and plan for realisation: With a cluster randomised controlled design in a primary health care context the CSNAT-I will be tested. The intervention consists of two parts, an evidence-based tool and a person-centred five stage process to proactively identify and address caregivers needs: 1) introduction of the CSNAT tool comprising 16 questions about the need for support, 2) caregiver consideration and reflection on support needs, 3) an assessment conversation between the caregiver and a nurse, 4) a shared action plan is formed and 5) continuous review of support needs and action plan. Primary health care centres will be randomized to intervention or control arm. Multiple research methods for data collection and analyses will be used. In total 180 caregivers will be recruited for one year and data collected at baseline, 8 and 16 weeks later. The realisation of the project is strengthened by previous research and the current collaboration between researchers at four universities, the Academic Primary Health Care Centre, Stockholm Gerontology Research Center, a care consultant and a caregiver representative. Social relevance and utilisation: National and international studies have shown the CSNAT-I to be beneficial for both family caregivers and health care professionals in specialised home care. The CSNAT tool and a training toolkit for health care professionals including guidance about how to work with the intervention is available in Swedish. The intervention is successfully tested in specialised palliative home care in Sweden. Given older spousal caregivers need of support, it is vital to evaluate the CSNAT-I in the new context of primary home health care. This is important as primary health care is emphasized as the foundation stone in Swedish health care according to the national guidelines of "Nära vård". The project ties in with the first "Nationella anhörigstrategi" which aims at promoting support for family caregivers. If preparedness, quality of life and health is found to be promoted, the CSNAT-I can be used to support older caregivers proactively and systematically.

Enrollment

180 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

65+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Older spousal caregivers, who cares for a partner (≥65 years) diagnosed with multimorbidity and admitted to primary home health care, are to be included in the study. Caregivers should be ≥65 years and understand and speak the Swedish language.

Exclusion criteria

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

180 participants in 2 patient groups

CSNAT intervention
Experimental group
Description:
District nurses will be trained to use the CSNAT-I on family caregivers to persons with multimorbidity at home.
Treatment:
Other: The Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool Intervention (CSNAT-I)
Control
No Intervention group
Description:
Standard support and care.

Trial contacts and locations

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