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This project will provide new evidence on how to optimize medication use among older people with limited life expectancy. This will be done by testing whether a patient-centered deprescribing intervention, focused on aligning medical treatment with patients' preferences, can improve quality of life among older people with limited life expectancy.


Clinical Trial Description

In a pragmatic randomized controlled trial, this project will test whether a comprehensive and patient-centered deprescribing intervention can improve quality of life among older people with limited life expectancy. The intervention will comprise a series of consultations between the patient and general practitioner (GP) (at least three) to continuously adjust the patient's medication according to the patient's goals, needs, and preferences, thereby ensuring alignment with the patient's priorities. Thus, the purpose of this intervention is to initiate and facilitate a continued deprescribing process. The process can be summarized in eight steps: During an initial consultation (1: Consultation 0), the GP assesses patient eligibility. If the patient would like to participate, a project nurse subsequently visits the patient at home (2: Home visit) for retrieval of informed consent as well as baseline measurements. After retrieval of informed consent, patients are randomized. Patients randomized to the control group continue with usual care (consultations with their GP when needed). Patients in the intervention group receive the intervention, comprising a series of consultations between the patient and GP (at least three). During the first intervention consultation (3: Consultation 1), the patient and GP discuss how the patient feels about their medical treatment, and the GP provides the patient with written material for the patient to prepare prior to the next consultation. The patients prepare (4: Preparation) by considering and verbalizing their goals of care and treatment preferences. Simultaneously, a clinical pharmacist examines the patient's medication list and provides suggestions to the GP on which drugs can be continued and deprescribed, respectively. During the next intervention consultation (5: Consultation 2), the patient and GP discuss the patient's preferences and initiate deprescribing initiatives aligned with the patient's priorities. During a new intervention consultation (6: Consultation 3), the patient and GP follow up on the changes initiated and initiate new deprescribing initiatives if such can be identified. If needed, subsequent intervention consultations (7: Consultation X) are planned until the patient and GP consider the patient's medical treatment optimal. A project nurse visits all patients (both patients randomized to the control and intervention group, respectively) at home 3 and 6 months after first home visit to retrieve follow-up measurements (8: Follow-ups). A project nurse retrieves medication lists at 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months. ;


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NCT number NCT05123313
Study type Interventional
Source Odense University Hospital
Contact Carina Lundby, PhD
Phone 004523241245
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date November 2021
Completion date October 2023

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