Healthy Aging

Through Internet Counselling

in the Elderly



Collaborative project co-funded by the European Unions' Seventh Framework Programme (FP7, 2007-2013) under grant agreement No 305374.

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Over 2 years ago, the HATICE trial started recruitment of older people (>=65 years) at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia. Participants randomized to the intervention group have access to an interactive internet platform, stimulating self-management of vascular risk factors, with remote support by a coach. Participants in the control group have access to a static internet platform with basic health information. We will assess the impact of the intervention on the cardiovascular risk profile and the risk of cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. In September 2016, the last of a total of 2725 participants was recruited for the HATICE trial. Baseline data collection is very complete with less than 1% missing values.

The 12 months and final (18 months) assessments are going very smoothly. According to schedule, by 15 April in total 1764 (65%) participants have finished the 12 months assessment and 673 (25%) participants also finished the final assessment. In total 194 participants (7%) have dropped out, of whom 10 (5%) were retrieved at the final visit. Of the intervention participants, 70% is a regular and persistent user of the platform (>1 time a month). The assessments will be finished in December 2017 and the results will be published in a peer reviewed international journal.