Efficacy of a Family Telephone Intervention for Stroke


Patrocinador principal: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Fuente National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Resumen breve

The purpose of this trial is to determine if a family intervention administered by telephone to stroke patients and their caregivers increases adaptation and functioning after stroke.

Descripción detallada

Stroke is a major health problem which affects an estimated half million persons each year. In many cases family members assume the long-term burden of care after hospital discharge. Methods such as family education, peer support groups, and counseling are available to help meet the needs of caregivers, by enhancing their coping abilities. Family intervention also potentially benefits patients by improving the quality of caregiving skills. Few investigations have examined the benefits of family intervention methods.

This trial will study the effectiveness of a family-based, telephone-administered intervention called Family Intervention: Telephone Tracking (FITT) for acute stroke patients and their caregivers. Study patients will be recruited from those admitted to the Rhode Island Hospital following an acute stroke. All patients and caregivers will receive standard medical care. In addition, these patients and their caregivers will be randomly assigned to one of two treatment conditions: FITT or no intervention. Treatments will begin once the patient returns home and will continue for a six-month period.

During the trial, specially trained staff will carefully monitor the progress of the stroke patient and his/her family member, checking for changing in thinking, concentration, attention, memory, mood, and family functioning that sometimes occurs in stroke. Participants will be contacted by telephone every week for 6 weeks, then every 2 weeks for 2 months, and then monthly for 2 months. The telephone calls will check on how the participants are doing after discharge and will assist with questions and concerns.

Estado general Completed
Fecha de inicio October 1998
Fase Phase 2
Tipo de estudio Interventional
Inscripción 290

Tipo de intervención: Procedure

Nombre de intervención: Family Intervention Telephone Tracking



Inclusion criteria:

- age > 35 years,

- MRI or CAT scan proof of stroke or definitive hemiplegia, and

- competency to sign an informed consent form.

Exclusion criteria:

- presence of subarachnoid hemorrhage, transient ischemic attack or subdural hematoma,

- significant medical disorder severe enough to require hospitalization within the 3 months prior to stroke,

- functional psychosis,

- absence of a caregiver (anyone living within a 30 minute drive who is available and willing to attend to patient),

- admitted from nursing home (since these patients are likely to return to the nursing home) and

- inability to speak English.

Género: All

Edad mínima: 36 Years

Edad máxima: N/A

Voluntarios Saludables: No

Oficial general
Apellido Papel
Ivan W. Miller, Ph.D. Principal Investigator
Instalaciones: Rhode Island Hospital
Ubicacion Paises

United States

Fecha de verificación

October 2005

Palabras clave
Tiene acceso ampliado No
Condición Examinar
Información de diseño del estudio

Asignación: Randomized

Propósito primario: Treatment

Fuente: ClinicalTrials.gov