Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

Educational Video to Improve Nursing Home Care in End-Stage Dementia

Educational Video to Improve Nursing Home Care in End-Stage Dementia

Overall Status: 
Active, not recruiting
Brief Description: 

This 5-year randomized controlled trial will determine the effect of an educational video for professional caregivers on the care of nursing homes residents with advanced dementia.

Patient Qualifications: 
Min AgeMax AgeGenderHealthy Volunteers
65 Years
Inclusion Criteria: 
    • Diagnosis of dementia (any type), with Global Deteriorazation Scale (GDS) score of 7
    • Nursing home stay of more than 30 days
    • Family member or friend who can speak English and either lives within a 60-mile radius of Boston or can come to the resident's nursing home for an interview
Exclusion Criteria: 
    • Cognitive impairment due to causes other than dementia (for example, head trauma)
    • Stay in a short-term, subacute skilled nursing facility
Detailed Description: 

This trial will determine the effect of a 12-minute educational video for professional caregivers describing three levels of care for advanced dementia—intensive, basic, and comfort. A total of 360 nursing home residents with advanced dementia in 20 nursing homes will be recruited. Ten nursing homes will test the video intervention; the other 10 will perform the usual care. Each resident will have a knowledgeable family member or friend who will be interviewed. Outcomes, including decisions about hospitalization and levels of care, will be compared.

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Geolocation is 42.2832142, -71.1270268

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
Lead Sponsor: 
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston
Collaborator Sponsor: 
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Facility Investigators: 
Susan L. Mitchell, MD
Principal Investigator
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston
Angelo Volandes, MD
Principal Investigator
Massachusetts General Hospital
Study Contact: 
Ruth Carroll, RN
Locations ID 
NCT01774799 (follow link to view full record on in new window)
Official Title: 
Educational Video to Improve Nursing Home Care in End-stage Dementia
Study Start Date: 
March 2013
Study End Date: 
February 2018
Disease Stage: