Effectiveness of Communication Technology in Disseminating HIV Prevention Training to Non-governmental Organizations

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jeffrey Kelly, Medical College of Wisconsin
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00698529
First received: June 13, 2008
Last updated: June 25, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
  Purpose

This study will compare the effectiveness of face-to-face training versus Web-based training seminars in disseminating HIV prevention interventions to nongovernmental organizations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.


Condition Intervention Phase
HIV Infections
Behavioral: Face-to-face training
Behavioral: Distance training
Behavioral: Popular Opinion Leader (POL)
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Communication Technology to Disseminate Evidence-Based HIV Interventions to NGOs

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Further study details as provided by Medical College of Wisconsin:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Adoption of the full Popular Opinion Leader intervention by a nongovernmental organization (NGO) [ Time Frame: Measured at Months 12 and 24 after training ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of core elements of the Popular Opinion Leader intervention incorporated into NGO HIV prevention interventions [ Time Frame: Measured at Months 12 and 24 after training ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Cost effectiveness of training method [ Time Frame: Measured at Month 24 after training ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 99
Study Start Date: November 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2014
Primary Completion Date: February 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: No POL Training
Participating NGOs and their staff will receive no specialized training.
Experimental: Face-to-Face
Participating NGOs and their staff will receive training through face-to-face seminars held at the NGOs and through post-seminar consultation telephone calls.
Behavioral: Face-to-face training
NGOs will receive the POL intervention through face-to-face training. Staff will receive 2-day training on the POL intervention and individualized telephone follow-up consultations concerning POL implementation.
Other Names:
  • Traditional
  • Seminar
Behavioral: Popular Opinion Leader (POL)
POL is a community-level HIV intervention that recruits and trains opinion leaders in the community to promote safe sex behaviors through risk-reduction conversations with peers.
Experimental: Distance Learning
Participating NGOs and their staff will receive training through Web-based seminars and through post-seminar consultation telephone calls.
Behavioral: Distance training
NGOs will receive the POL intervention through Web-based training. Staff will receive training delivered entirely by means of a Web-based, distance learning curriculum and through individualized telephone follow-up consultations concerning POL implementation.
Other Names:
  • On-line
  • Internet
  • Distance learning
Behavioral: Popular Opinion Leader (POL)
POL is a community-level HIV intervention that recruits and trains opinion leaders in the community to promote safe sex behaviors through risk-reduction conversations with peers.

Detailed Description:

An estimated total of 60 million people have been infected with HIV since the first cases were reported in the early 1980s. Although the HIV/AIDS pandemic is a global crisis, certain regions have been affected more than others. The Eastern European and Central Asian region, in particular, has one of the fastest growing rates of HIV infections in the world. Most new HIV infections in this region have been occurring among injection drug users, commercial sex workers, and men who have sex with men, but the virus continues to increasingly affect the general population, too. HIV prevention interventions that are able to be disseminated to a large population are necessary. The Popular Opinion Leader (POL) intervention is an HIV prevention program that recruits and trains opinion leaders in the community to promote safe sex behaviors through risk-reduction conversations with peers. Administering the POL intervention to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) may be an effective means of assuring that the intervention is extended throughout the region. However, the best means of disseminating the POL program and assuring its full adoption by NGOs is unknown. This study will compare the effectiveness of face-to-face training versus Web-based training seminars in disseminating the POL intervention to NGOs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Participation in this study will last 24 months. Potential NGOs will first undergo baseline assessments that will include an in-depth 90-minute phone interview with the NGO director and completion of attitude scales about the POL HIV intervention. NGOs will then be assigned randomly to one of three study groups:

  • Participating NGOs in Group 1 will receive the POL intervention through face-to-face training. Staff will receive 2-day training on the POL intervention and individualized telephone follow-up consultations concerning POL implementation.
  • Participating NGOs in Group 2 will receive the POL intervention through Web-based training. Staff will receive training delivered entirely by means of a Web-based, distance learning curriculum. Staff will also be offered individualized telephone follow-up consultations concerning POL implementation.
  • Participating NGOs in Group 3 will receive no intervention.

All participating NGOs will undergo follow-up assessments 12 and 24 months after completing the intervention training. Assessments will include a 90-minute phone interview with the NGO director and a 10-minute phone interview with NGO staff members to assess attitudes concerning the intervention, their adoption of the core elements of the intervention model, and the extent of usage of training materials. A number of NGOs that report full adoption of the POL intervention will be selected randomly to undergo a 2-day validation site visit by an assessment team member. Site visits will be used to conduct interviews with NGO staff and the opinion leaders, validate reports of intervention adoption, observe POL sessions, and review materials used in training sessions.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria for NGOs:

  • Located in Eastern Europe or Central Asia
  • Currently offers direct HIV prevention interventions targeting sexual risk in a community population
  • Director willing to provide organizational consent
  • Director and staff members willing to provide individual consent
  • Director and staff members fluent in either English or Russian
  • Has reliable Internet access

Exclusion Criteria for NGOs:

  • Participated in prior Medical College of Wisconsin dissemination study
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00698529

Locations
United States, Wisconsin
Center for AIDS Intervention Research, Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, 53226
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical College of Wisconsin
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey A. Kelly, PhD Medical College of Wisconsin
Study Director: Yuri A. Amirkhanian, PhD Medical College of Wisconsin
Study Director: Anton M. Somlai, EdD Medical College of Wisconsin
Study Director: Timothy L. McAuliffe, PhD Medical College of Wisconsin
Study Director: Laura R. Glasman, PhD Medical College of Wisconsin
Study Director: Steven D. Pinkerton, PhD Medical College of Wisconsin
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Jeffrey Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00698529     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01 MH079730, R01MH079730, DAHBR 9A-ASPQ
Study First Received: June 13, 2008
Last Updated: June 25, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Medical College of Wisconsin:
Technology Transfer
HIV Seronegativity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Slow Virus Diseases

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 22, 2014