Usability of a Website for People With Schizophrenia

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Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (Funding was never granted for this study. No participants were ever enrolled.)
First Posted : September 15, 2005
Last Update Posted : May 7, 2015
University of Pittsburgh
Information provided by:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Brief Summary:
This study will determine the usability of a website for people with schizophrenia versus other websites designed for the same purpose.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Cognitive Deficits Related to Internet Use Behavioral: website comparison Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

The objective of this study is to test and compare the usability of a website developed as part of a NIMH-funded project (see IRB #0208128), versus four other online websites in a effort to continue to improve website design elements and maximize usability by those identified with schizophrenia, a disease that produces cognitive impairments.

Prior usability testing done to evaluate a website developed as part of a NIMH-funded project (see IRB #0208128) was used to develop a website designed specifically to meet the needs of those with cognitive deficits. Generally, the website was well received. However, an implicit component of this project was to make quantitative statements comparing the website developed in this project to other existing websites for individuals with schizophrenia, in order to maintain and improve the usability of the website. As such, it is important to test the usability of this website versus other websites to continue to improve design elements and ease of use for those with serious mental illness.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Schizophrenia Website Usability
Study Start Date : August 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2007

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MedlinePlus related topics: Schizophrenia
U.S. FDA Resources

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Subject task performance data will be analyzed to determine what website properties influenced subject's performance of various assigned website search-related tasks.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Website properties, such as reading level, font size, and amount of content on the homepage, etc will be used to determine what factors influence subject's performance, and thus the usability of the various websites.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 68 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00177879

United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15261
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator: Armando J Rotondi, PhD University of Pittsburgh Identifier: NCT00177879     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0411096
First Posted: September 15, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 7, 2015
Last Verified: August 2008

Keywords provided by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cognition Disorders
Cognitive Dysfunction
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Neurocognitive Disorders