Trial of Supported Employment Versus USES Supported Employment

This study has been completed.
VA Office of Research and Development
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VA Connecticut Healthcare System Identifier:
First received: December 1, 2005
Last updated: January 24, 2009
Last verified: January 2009

The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of USES, a strengths-based enhancement to supported employment (SE), as compared to supported employment alone.

Condition Intervention
Mental Disorders
Behavioral: Supported Employment
Behavioral: Using Strengths in Employment System (USES)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Trial of Supported Employment Versus USES Enhanced Supported Employment in Veterans With Serious Mental Illness

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Further study details as provided by VA Connecticut Healthcare System:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • job tenure (cumulative throughout course of study)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • empowerment
  • self-efficacy
  • self-esteem

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: March 2005
Study Completion Date: January 2007
Primary Completion Date: January 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

The objective of this study is to test the effectiveness of supported employment plus Using Strengths in Employment Services (USES), an enhancement to supported employment that seeks to identify and increase the use of personal strengths, as compared to supported employment alone, for veterans with severe mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. We hypothesize that rates of competitive employment will be greater in the experimental group than the control group. We also expect that individuals in the USES group will have greater job tenure, and will show greater improvements in recovery measures such as empowerment, self-efficacy and self-esteem.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Veteran
  • Unemployed
  • Referred by clinician to SE services
  • Able to provide informed consent
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00261235

United States, Connecticut
West Haven VAMC
West Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06516
United States, New York
Syracuse VA Healthcare System
Syracuse, New York, United States, 13210
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
VA Office of Research and Development
Principal Investigator: Sandra G. Resnick, Ph.D. VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Sandra Resnick, Principal Investigator, VA Connecticut Healthcare System Identifier: NCT00261235     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SR0007, MIRECC
Study First Received: December 1, 2005
Last Updated: January 24, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by VA Connecticut Healthcare System:
Rehabilitation, Vocational
Employment, supported
Mentally Ill Persons

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia and Disorders with Psychotic Features processed this record on October 09, 2015