Evaluating the feasibility and effectiveness of a critical care discharge information pack for patients and their families: a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial.
Bottom Line: To evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of an information pack, based on self-regulation theory, designed to support patients and their families immediately before, during and after discharge from an intensive care unit (ICU).There were no statistically significant differences in the primary outcome.The a priori enrolment goal was not reached and attrition was high.
Affiliation: Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College, London, UK.Show MeSH
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Mentions: We designed an external pilot pragmatic RCT (figure 1) to provide initial data regarding the feasibility and effectiveness of UCCDIP. In accordance with the definition of an external pilot,16 an assessment of the primary outcome was included. To reduce the chance of between-group contamination, the design also incorporated cluster randomisation, where groups of participants (as opposed to individuals) were allocated to study arms. During the trial, a questionnaire survey was conducted to determine the experiences of trial participants and nursing staff.
Affiliation: Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College, London, UK.