Decision-Aid for Renal Therapy Pilot Trial

Description

Successful communication between patients, caregivers, and physicians can improve how patients feel about their treatment. Our recent studies of older dialysis patients find, however, that many patients do not engage in this type of communication about treatment options. This study aims to determine whether the Decision-Aid for Renal Therapy (DART), a web-based program, can improve shared decision-making (decisions where patients are actively engaged) among patients, caregivers, and physicians, and improve certainty and satisfaction in treatment decisions.

Study Start Date

March, 16 2017

Estimated Completion Date

July 2018

Interventions

  • Behavioral: DART
  • Behavioral: Choosing a Treatment for Kidney Failure

Study ID

Tufts University -- 12345

Status

Recruiting

Trial ID

NCT03454022

Study Type

Interventional

Trial Phase

N/A

Enrollment Quota

62

Sponsor

Tufts University

Inclusion Criteria

  • Chronic kidney disease stages 4 or 5, not currently on dialysis
  • Age >=70
  • English-speaking
  • Willingness to be randomized to DART
  • Able to sign informed consent
  • 5-year kidney failure risk probability > 15% using [www.kidneyfailurerisk.com]
  • Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) < 30

Exclusion Criteria

  • Non-English speaking

Gender

All

Ages

70 Years and older

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

No

Study Locations and Contact Information (2)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
St Elizabeths Medical Center - Brighton, Massachusetts 2.4 miles Vaidyanathapuram Balakrishnan MD 617-789-3168 Vaidyanathapuram.Balakrishnan@steward.org
Tufts Medical Center - Boston, Massachusetts 3.2 miles None None None

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