Evaluating an intervention to improve the safety and experience of transitions from hospital to home for older people (Your Care Needs You): a protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial and process evaluation

Rebecca Lawton, Jenni Murray, Ruth Baxter, Gerry Richardson, Sarah Cockayne, Kalpita Baird, Laura Mandefield, Stephen Derek Brealey, Jane O'Hara, Robbie Foy, Laura Sheard, Alison Cracknell, Edmund Breckin, Catherine Hewitt

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Background Older patients often experience safety issues when transitioning from hospital to home. The ‘Your Care Needs You’ (YCNY) intervention aims to support older people to‘know more’ and‘do more’ whilst in hospital so that they are better prepared for managing at home.

Methods A multi-centre cluster randomised controlled trial (cRCT) will evaluate the efectiveness and cost-efectiveness of the YCNY intervention.

Forty acute hospital wards (clusters) in England from varying medical specialities will be randomised to deliver YCNY or care-as-usual on a 1:1 basis. The primary outcome will be unplanned hospital readmission rates within 30 days of discharge. This will be extracted from routinely collected data of at least 5440 patients (aged 75 years and older) discharged to their own homes during the 4- to 5-month YCNY intervention period. A nested cohort of up to 1000 patients will be recruited to the study to collect secondary outcomes via follow-up questionnaires at 5-, 30-and 90-day post-discharge. These will include measures of patient experience of transitions, patient-reported safety events, quality of life and healthcare resource use. Unplanned hospital readmission rates at 60 and 90 days of discharge will be collected from routine data.

A process evaluation (primarily interviews and observations with patients, carers and staff) will be conducted to understand the implementation of the intervention and the contextual factors that shape this, as well as the inter-
vention’s underlying mechanisms of action. Fidelity of intervention delivery will also be assessed across all intervention wards.
Original languageEnglish
Article number671
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2023

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