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Type: Journal article
Title: Pragmatic randomised controlled trial of a personalised intervention for carers of people requiring home oxygen therapy
Author: Frith, P.
Sladek, R.
Woodman, R.
Effing, T.
Bradley, S.
van Asten, S.
Jones, T.
Hnin, K.
Luszcz, M.
Cafarella, P.
Eckermann, S.
Rowett, D.
Phillips, P.
Citation: Chronic Respiratory Disease, 2020; 17:1-11
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 1479-9731
1479-9731
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Peter Frith, Ruth Sladek, Richard Woodman,Tanja Effing ... Paul Cafarella ... Paddy A Phillips ... et al.
Abstract: We used a pragmatic randomised controlled trial to evaluate a behavioural change strategy targeting carers of chronically hypoxaemic patients using long-term home oxygen therapy. Intervention group carers participated in personalised educational sessions focusing on motivating carers to take actions to assist patients. All patients received usual care. Effectiveness was measured through a composite event of patient survival to hospitalisation, residential care admission or death to 12 months. Secondary outcomes at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months included carer and patient emotional and physical well-being. No difference between intervention (n = 100) and control (n = 97) patients was found for the composite outcome (hazard ratio (HR) 1.22, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.89, 1.68; p = 0.22). Improved fatigue, mastery, vitality and general health occurred in intervention group patients (all p values < 0.05). No benefits were seen in carer outcomes. Mortality was significantly higher in intervention patients (HR = 2.01, 95% CI = 1.00, 4.14; p = 0.05; adjusted for Australia-modified Karnofsky Performance Status), with a significant diagnosis–intervention interaction (p = 0.028) showing higher mortality in patients with COPD (HR 4.26; 95% CI = 1.60, 11.35) but not those with interstitial lung disease (HR 0.83; 95% CI = 0.28, 2.46). No difference was detected in the primary outcome, but patient mortality was higher when carers had received the intervention, especially in the most disabled patients. Trials examining behavioural change interventions in severe disease should stratify for functionality, and both risks and benefits should be independently monitored. Trial registration: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ACTRN12607000177459).
Keywords: Chronic disease; caregivers; education; behavioural research; oxygen
Rights: © The Author(s) 2020. Creative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage
RMID: 1000012281
DOI: 10.1177/1479973119897277
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/426737
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