Online Family Support and Education for Schizophrenia
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00046085|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 23, 2002
Last Update Posted : September 9, 2016
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Schizophrenia||Behavioral: Online Family Education Behavioral: Customary care||Not Applicable|
Although psychoeducational programs for schizophrenia can reduce patient relapse rates and reduce family distress, participation rates are often low. This study evaluated an online model to provide the families of schizophrenia patients with knowledge of illness management to reduce family burden and increase perceived social support.
Relatives of patients with schizophrenia who received 12 months of customary care with access to the educational website for the first year were compared to matched group of relatives of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia who were receiving customary care and who consented to participate in a family education program. In the education condition, relatives were provided with private, secure access to the website, which features family-to-family chat capabilities, video lectures on the management of schizophrenia, written materials on important issues in schizophrenia management, professionally facilitated online discussions of the material, and additional resource links.
Relatives were assessed using 90-minute interviews at the beginning of the project and every 6 months for 12 months. The interviews were used to assess the family member's perception of the patient's symptoms, his or her knowledge of the illness, the illness's impact on the family member, and his or her perception of the website intervention.
Patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder were also asked to complete interviews and assessments at the beginning of the project and every 6 months for 12 months. The assessments include questions about symptoms, medication compliance and side effects, hospitalizations, and social functioning.
The major hypotheses were that relative participation in the online program would be associated with lower symptoms rates and hospitalizations in the patients.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||42 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Single (Outcomes Assessor)|
|Official Title:||Online Family Support and Education for Schizophrenia|
|Study Start Date :||March 2001|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||December 2005|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||November 2006|
Active Comparator: Patient customary care
12 months of patient customary care
Behavioral: Customary care
Participants received care as usual.
Experimental: Online family education
12 months of patient customary care and relative access to online education and support program
Behavioral: Online Family Education
Families were provided with private, secure access to the website, which features family-to-family chat capabilities, video lectures on the management of schizophrenia, written materials on important issues in schizophrenia management, professionally facilitated online discussions of the material, and additional resource links.Behavioral: Customary care
Participants received care as usual.
- Patient BPRS Total Score [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 month, 12 month ]Mean total of Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale Score ( BPRS; adapted in Ventura et al, 1993) rated through patient interview. Range is 1-7, with high scores indicating more psychopathology.
- Patient Hospitalization [ Time Frame: 12 months of study ]Yes/No classification of hospitalization using all sources of data collected in the year
- BPRS Psychosis Subscale Score [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 month, 12 month ]Mean total of Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale psychosis subscale Score ( BPRS; adapted in Ventura et al, 1993) rated through patient interview. Range is 1-7, with high scores indicating more psychopathology.
- Relative Anxiety on the BSI [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 months, 12 months ]Relative self-report on the anxiety subscale of the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI; Derogatis, 1993). Range is 1-5, with high scores indicating more anxiety.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00046085
|United States, California|
|VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System|
|Los Angeles, California, United States, 90073|
|Principal Investigator:||Shirley M Glynn, Ph.D.||University of California, Los Angeles|