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MAKS aktiv! Multi-modal activating therapy for dementia patients in nursing homes (activating therapy concerning everyday activities, exercise, cognitive and spiritual elements)
ISRCTN ISRCTN87391496
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN87391496
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Public title MAKS aktiv! Multi-modal activating therapy for dementia patients in nursing homes (activating therapy concerning everyday activities, exercise, cognitive and spiritual elements)
Scientific title Multi-modal activating therapy for dementia patients in nursing homes: a randomised controlled trial with an intervention group (standard care plus non-pharmacological activating therapy) and a control group (standard care)
Acronym MAKS aktiv!
Serial number at source LT-DEMENZ-44-059
Study hypothesis Principal aim of the study:
To prove the effectiveness of an intensive intervention consisting of everyday activities, cognitive, motor and exercise elements on dementia patients' cognitive and activities of daily living (ADL) capacities in five nursing homes.

Principal hypothesis:
In the 6 months observation period the multi-modal activating therapy results in significantly better cognitive and ADL capacities within the intervention group compared to the control group in the way that the capacities of the intervention group remain on average on their initial level, whereas the control groups' capacities decrease according to the disease's progression.

As of 30/07/09 this trial has been updated. Please note that recruitment for this trial has been completed. Patients wishing to learn more about the trial may use the contact details below to request more information or get informed at the trial's official website http://www.maks-aktiv.de
Lay summary Not provided at time of registration
Ethics approval Ethics committee of the Faculty of Medicine of the University Erlangen Nuremberg gave approval on 10th July 2008 (ref: 3232)
Study design Multicentre randomised controlled single-blind intervention study
Countries of recruitment Germany
Disease/condition/study domain Dementia
Participants - inclusion criteria 102 inhabitants of 5 nursing homes in Germany:
1. Existence of an degenerative dementia syndrome (diagnosed by a physician according to International Classification of Diseases, version 10 [ICD-10])
2. Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE): value less than 24 points
3. Level of care of 0, 1 or 2 (not 3) according to the criteria of the German Health Insurance companies
4. Existence of an informed consent of the patient or his/her legal guardian
Participants - exclusion criteria 1. Psychiatric-neurological disease other than dementia that explains the cognitive impairment (e.g. schizophrenia)
2. Purely vascular dementia (diagnosed by physician)
3. Level of care equals 3
4. Blindness
5. Deafness
6. Being bed-ridden
7. Other severe obstacle for participating in the intervention group
Anticipated start date 01/09/2008
Anticipated end date 30/11/2009
Status of trial Completed
Patient information material Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet
Target number of participants 102 complete data sets, i.e. about 135 participants
Interventions Intervention:
Multi-modal activating therapy, consisting of everyday activities, exercise, cognitive and spiritual elements, in five groups of ten persons each, two hours per day, six days per week, for at least six months.

Control:
Standard care (no changes in the care situation).

Baseline data (t0) is collected directly before the 6 months intervention period. After the 6 months the first follow up outcome data (t1) is collected. Further follow ups are planned at 1.5 and 2.5 years after t1. This design is equivalent for all treatment arms (intervention and control group).
Primary outcome measure(s) 1. Competences in activities of daily living (ADL) operationalised with the Erlangen Test of Activities of Daily Living (E-ADL Test); score (0 = no ADL function, 30 = normal ADL function)
2. Cognitive abilities operationalised with the cognitive subtest of the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale (ADAS-kog); score (0 = no cognitive impairment, 70 = severe impairment)

Primary and secondary outcome measures are collected for every participant individually in the week before (t0) and after (t1) the six months intervention period. For most of the participants the first measurements is from 20th to 31st October (t0) and again from 4th to 15th of May (t1). Participants who join the project at a later date to replace another participant who had to be excluded will have their t0 in the months of November 2008 until May 2009 and their t1 six months later, at the latest in November 2009.
Secondary outcome measure(s) 1. Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) operationalised with the subscale IADL of the Nurses Observation Scale for Geriatric Patients (NOSGER); score (5 = full IADL function, 25 = no IADL function)
2. Global geriatric symptomatology operationalised with the NOSGER cumulative value; score (30 = no impairment, 150 = severe impairment)
3. Level of nursing care dependency operationalised with the level of care according to the criteria of the German Health Insurance companies (no level of care = no care necessary, level 3 = highest level of care) and the Barthel-Index; score (0 = total care dependence, 100 = independent)
4. Care requirements and time cost operationalised with the Resource Utilisation in Dementia (RUD), items for ADL, IADL and supervision; score (time in minutes per day)

Primary and secondary outcome measures are collected for every participant individually in the week before (t0) and after (t1) the six months intervention period. For most of the participants the first measurements is from 20th to 31st October (t0) and again from 4th to 15th of May (t1). Participants who join the project at a later date to replace another participant who had to be excluded will have their t0 in the months of November 2008 until May 2009 and their t1 six months later, at the latest in November 2009.
Sources of funding German Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium fur Gesundheit [BMG]) (Germany) (ref: LT Demenz 44-059)
Trial website http://www.maks-aktiv.de
Publications 1. 2012 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22468985
2. 2012 follow-up results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23217188
Contact name Prof  Elmar  Gräßel
  Address University Hospital Erlangen
Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Schwabachanlage 6
  City/town Erlangen
  Zip/Postcode 91054
  Country Germany
Sponsor German Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium fur Gesundheit [BMG]) (Germany)
  Address c/o Dr. S. Gehring
Projektträger Gesundheitsforschung at the DLR
on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Health
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
  City/town Bonn
  Zip/Postcode 53227
  Country Germany
  Sponsor website: http://www.bmg.bund.de/cln_117/nn_1168252/SharedDocs/Standardartikel/DE/AZ/L/Glossarbegriff-Leuchtturmprojekt-Demenz.html
Date applied 27/11/2008
Last edited 12/12/2012
Date ISRCTN assigned 16/01/2009
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