Last updated on December 2019

SET-to-Meet; Pilot Testing of a Nurse-led Intervention


Brief description of study

While interdisciplinary family meetings are evidence-based and part of usual care, this study seeks to test a novel set of implementation strategies (the SET-to-Meet intervention) to improve adherence to best practice guidelines for interdisciplinary family meetings. SET stands for Screen-Engage-Track; SET-to Meet is a nurse-led, team based intervention to ensure routine interdisciplinary family meetings are held on behalf of incapacitated, critically-ill patients in ICUs. This study is a feasibility and acceptability pilot test of the intervention.

Detailed Study Description

The intervention components are: a protocol for interdisciplinary family meetings that is tailored to the individual ICU unit and steps in the SET-to-Meet process: 1.) Screening of patients on admission to determine if patient meets criteria for a family meeting; 2.) proactively Engaging family members to inform them about the unit's protocol for family meetings and to find out who from the family might attend the meeting; and Tracking the progress of setting up the meeting (identifying the patient during ICU team rounds as a patient meeting criteria for a family meeting; discussing setting up the meeting with the ICU team; scheduling the meeting and communicating details to attendees.)

Implementation of the intervention includes: 1.) Working with the site ICU physician and nursing leadership to tailor the SET-to-meet protocol and tracking tool for family meetings, ensuring they are customized for the unit workflow and staffing model, and 2.) Providing on-line training and 2 weeks of on-site coaching to ICU nursing staff, care management/social work staff, and intensivists (MD and APP) in the use of the tailored protocol and tracking tool.

Feasibility and acceptability will be assessed by percentage of staff completing training, adherence to elements of the intervention, and number of patients meeting enrollment criteria. Acceptability will be assessed via focus groups and a survey testing satisfaction with the intervention.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03904524

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