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Web-based Support for People With Schizophrenia and Their Families

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Pittsburgh Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: June 26, 2014
Last verified: June 2014
This study will assess the feasibility of using the internet and in-home computers to provide advice from health care professionals, social support, and health information to people with schizophrenia and their families.

Condition Intervention
Relapse Rates Related to Website Usage
Behavioral: (relapse rate)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Official Title: Support to Patients and Families

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Further study details as provided by University of Pittsburgh:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The outcome, patient relapse, will be assessed for the patients in the intervention group and control group by estimating the size of the intervention's effect on relapse rate.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • For the primary caregiver, the distribution of the psychological distress measure will be examined and transformation will be made if necessary for further analysis.

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: January 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2005
Detailed Description:

The objective of this study is to assess the feasibility of using the World Wide Web (Web) and in-home computers to provide patients suffering from schizophrenia and their families advice from health care professionals, social support, and information.

The purposes of this intervention are to improve: 1) the availability, convenience and use of needed mental health services; 2) family support for their ill family members; and 3) patient and family outcomes.


Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years to 55 Years   (Child, Adult)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of schizophrenia Able to speak and read English Regular contact with a family member

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Enrolled in another study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00177983

United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15261
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Armando J Rotondi, PhD University of Pittsburgh
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Pittsburgh Identifier: NCT00177983     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH063484 
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: June 26, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by University of Pittsburgh:
Psychological distress

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes processed this record on October 27, 2016