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The purpose of this study is to conduct a pilot study in 30 Heart Failure (HF) patients and visit companions (i.e., a family member who accompanies the patient to medical visits), to evaluate a pre- visit question/topic prompt list, designed to enhance patient and family member engagement during visits by providing a list of questions or topics that they may want to discuss with their health care provider.

Clinical Trial Description

Participants in this study will include 30 HF patients or dyads (i.e., a patient and family member who accompanies the patient into the examination room at a visit). While our study primarily will target HF dyads, if the investigators encounter recruitment difficulties, unaccompanied HF patients (i.e., HF patients who do not have a family member who can participate in the study with them) will also be enrolled.

Procedures (methods): Single group pre-post study design.

After providing informed consent, HF patients or dyads will receive the prompt list while in the waiting room prior to their visit. Completing the prompt list involves two steps. In step 1, participants will independently select from a predetermined list of questions (within topic areas) that they would like to ask their health care provider. The questions/topics were developed by other HF patients and family members in another phase of the study. Also, patients will be asked to choose behaviors they would like their family member to engage in during the visit (e.g., write down the provider's instructions, ask questions), from a structured list developed based on prior research. Family members will identify which behaviors they are willing to perform. In step 2, patients or dyads will collectively prioritize which questions/topics to discuss during the visit. Each dyad member will receive a prompt list to complete in the clinic waiting room immediately before their appointment.

All visits will be audio-taped to assess effects of the intervention on communication behaviors during the visit. All participants will complete a questionnaire at baseline, 2 days after the audio-taped clinic visit, and at 3 months. ;

Study Design

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NCT number NCT03491800
Study type Interventional
Source University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Contact Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH
Phone (919) 445-6783
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date May 2018
Completion date July 30, 2018

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