Patient and Partner Intervention to Improve Outcomes After an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
- Type of Study
- Heart & Vascular - Other Trials
- Cherry Hill Campus
- Short Description
Over a five-year period we will test the effects of a 12-week patient+partner intervention against a patient-only intervention in the first year subsequent to ICD implantation, using a 2-group randomized clinical trial design. Relevant data will be collected on ICD patients and intimate partners at hospital discharge: 1, 3, 6, and 12 months post-ICD implantation. The four major outcomes are: physical functioning, psychological adjustment, healthcare utilization, and relationship impact. All interventions are designed to be delivered over the telephone or through U.S. mail in order to reach ICD patients and partners who are not able to drive and live in rural areas.
- Principal Investigator
- Cynthia M. Dougherty, ARNP PhD
- Eligibility Notes
- First ICD implantation due to either primary or secondary prevention of SCA in the patient
- Intimate partner (spouse, lover, or life partner) living at the same residence and willing to participate
- Able to read, speak, and write English
- Access to telephone for 1 year after ICD implantation
- Clinical co-morbidities that severely impair cognitive and physical functioning at telephone screening
- Short BLESSED score >6
- Age is less than 21 years.
- AUDIT-C score >4 for alcohol use
- ASSIST 2.0 score >4 for daily non-medical use of opiates or hallucinogens.
- Start Date
- Contact Name
- Kathy Ringwood
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