Policy on Optimal Epilepsy Management (POEM)
This study examines the use of an online social media platform (PatientsLikeMe) to assist Veterans with epilepsy. The hypothesis is that the online social media platform, PatientsLikeMe, will improve selected patient-reported outcomes on perceived self-management skills for patients who engage in the website functions.
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
|Official Title:||Policy on Optimized Epilepsy Management: The Use of an Online Social Media Platform to Collect Patient-Entered Data in the Veteran Population|
- Epilepsy Self-Management [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The Epilepsy Self-Management Scale (ESMS) is a 38 item scale that assesses "frequency of use of epilepsy self-management practices." A 5-point Likert scale asks participants to respond from never to always. The scale includes 5 subscales that measure medication management, Information management, Safety management, Seizure management, and Lifestyle Management. Higher scores indicate more frequent use of self-management strategies. The scale and its subscale have been previously validated and used in similar studies.
- Epilepsy Self-Efficacy [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The Epilepsy Self-Efficacy Scale is a 33-item scale that measures "aspects of efficacy in the self-management of epilepsy". An 11-point Likert rating scale asks participants to choose from 0, I cannot do at all to 10, sure I can do. The scale contains three dimensions: 1) self-efficacy for medication management, 2) self-efficacy for seizure management and 3) self-efficacy for general management issues. Higher scores correspond to higher levels of self-efficacy. The scale has been validated and used in similar studies of website interventions for epilepsy patients.
- Epilepsy Self-Management Information Scale [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]This is a subscale of the Epilepsy Self-Management Scale, which measures the frequency with which patients use strategies to manage information about their epilepsy
|Study Start Date:||October 2012|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Upon consenting to the study, participants will be asked to register an account on PatientsLikeMe; no personal identifiers will be required. As part of registration patients create a user name and password for the website and share their email with PatientsLikeMe. Participants will be asked to provide a set of demographic variables and to complete a survey assessing elements of self-management, disease knowledge, social support, and quality of life. Paticipants will then use the PatientsLikeMe website for 6 weeks as much as they wish. After 6 weeks the participants are asked to complete a second survey.
PatientsLikeMe (PLM, www.patientslikeme.com) is an established medical social networking website that encourages patients with chronic medical conditions to voluntarily share their story and seek support from a common community. Additionally, PatientsLikeMe is actively exploring opportunities to allow patients to report and track important medical data points with the hope that this will improve their longitudinal care. PatientsLikeMe has developed custom functionality for the epilepsy population including seizure tracking, peer support, and printable doctor visit support sheets.
|United States, California|
|San Francisco VA Medical Center||Recruiting|
|San Francisco, California, United States, 94121|
|Contact: Stephanie Van Bebber, MSc 415-221-4810 ext 5914 email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator: John D Hixson, MD|