Monday, 13 March 2017

Response to commentary on Jøranson N. et al. (2016) Change in quality of life in older people with dementia participating in Paro-activity: a cluster-randomized controlled trial

Nina Jøranson PhD RN
Ingeborg Pedersen PhD
Anne Marie Mork Rokstad PhD RN
Camilla Ihlebæk PhD



Response to: Commentary on: Jøranson N., Pedersen I., Rokstad A.M.M. & Ihlebæk C. (2016) Change in quality of life in older people with dementia participating in Paro-activity: a cluster-randomized controlled trial


We would like to thank Dr. Jose M. Moran for noticing the unfortunate mistake of inserting an incorrect ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier in our published paper. We are pleased to be given the opportunity to clarify this mistake.

The ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier in the published paper, NCT 02008630 is connected to the project "Animal-assisted Interventions in Health Promotion for Elderly With Dementia", which refers to one of two completed studies in a large Norwegian intervention study by Norwegian University of Life Science. This particular study conducted animal-assisted interventions in day-care centres. This study investigated another sample, which was home-dwelling older people with dementia. Hence, other outcome measures were used, such as Berg balance test, as primary outcome.

However, the discussed study referred unfortunately to an incorrect ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier, an error producing confusion when checking ClinicalTrials.gov to investigate if studies are in adherence with the CONSORT guidelines. The discussed study has the correct ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01998490 "Animal-assisted or Robot-assisted Interventions in Health Promotion for Elderly With Dementia" and refers to the study on robot-assisted interventions conducted in several nursing homes. This study should, and did, use BARS as primary outcome measure. We conducted the RCT on robot-assisted interventions in adherence with the CONSORT guidelines.

We are very sorry to have committed such an error.

On behalf of the authors:
Dr Nina Jøranson
Associate Professor, PhD
VID Specialized University, Faculty of Health Studies
Oslo, Norway


Reference

Jøranson N., Pedersen I., Rokstad A.M.M. & Ihlebæk C. (2016) Change in quality of life in older people with dementia participating in Paro-activity: a cluster-randomized controlled trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing 72(12), 3020–3033. doi: 10.1111/jan.13076


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