Effects, costs and feasibility of the 'Stay Active at Home' Reablement training programme for home care professionals: study protocol of a cluster randomised controlled trial

Silke F Metzelthin*, Teuni H Rooijackers, G.A.R. Zijlstra, Erik van Rossum, Marja Y Veenstra, Annemarie Koster, Silvia M A A Evers, Gerard J P van Breukelen, Gertrudis I J M Kempen

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BACKGROUND: According to the principles of Reablement, home care services are meant to be goal-oriented, holistic and person-centred taking into account the capabilities and opportunities of older adults. However, home care services traditionally focus on doing things for older adults rather than with them. To implement Reablement in practice, the 'Stay Active at Home' programme was developed. It is assumed that the programme leads to a reduction in sedentary behaviour in older adults and consequently more cost-effective outcomes in terms of their health and wellbeing. However, this has yet to be proven.

METHODS/ DESIGN: A two-group cluster randomised controlled trial with 12 months follow-up will be conducted. Ten nursing teams will be selected, pre-stratified on working area and randomised into an intervention group ('Stay Active at Home') or control group (no training). All nurses of the participating teams are eligible to participate in the study. Older adults and, if applicable, their domestic support workers (DSWs) will be allocated to the intervention or control group as well, based on the allocation of the nursing team. Older adults are eligible to participate, if they: 1) receive homecare services by the selected teams; and 2) are 65 years or older. Older adults will be excluded if they: 1) are terminally ill or bedbound; 2) have serious cognitive or psychological problems; or 3) are unable to communicate in Dutch. DSWs are eligible to participate if they provide services to clients who fulfil the eligibility criteria for older adults. The study consists of an effect evaluation (primary outcome: sedentary behaviour in older adults), an economic evaluation and a process evaluation. Data for the effect and economic evaluation will be collected at baseline and 6 and/or 12 months after baseline using performance-based and self-reported measures. In addition, data from client records will be extracted. A mixed-methods design will be applied for the process evaluation, collecting data of older adults and professionals throughout the study period.

DISCUSSION: This study will result in evidence about the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and feasibility of the 'Stay Active at Home' programme.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT03293303 , registered on 20 September 2017.

Original languageEnglish
Article number276
Number of pages15
JournalBMC Geriatrics
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2018

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