Hepatitis C Self-Management
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00328042|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 19, 2006
Results First Posted : September 25, 2014
Last Update Posted : April 24, 2015
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment|
|Hepatitis C Chronic Disease||Behavioral: Self-Management Workshop Behavioral: Information Only|
Background: Chronic hepatitis C (HCV) is a major health concern that disproportionately affects U.S. veterans. Veterans with HCV experience impaired quality of life as a result of HCV infection and other co-morbid disorders; namely substance abuse and mental health problems. Only a small proportion of these patients currently receive and are cured of HCV with Interferon-based treatments. Treatment recommendations for HCV-infected veterans not scheduled for Interferon-based treatment include additional evaluations/procedures and adherence to behavioral/lifestyle guidelines. However, many patients with HCV and commonly occurring co-morbidities have difficulty following these recommendations without additional assistance. HCV self-management programs are one option for helping these patients adhere to treatment recommendations while improving their quality of life. Patient self-management programs augment traditional information-oriented patient education with problem-solving skills and cognitive-behavioral techniques that enable patients to manage chronic illness and their lives as a whole.
Objectives: Our primary objective was to assess the efficacy of a 6-session self-management workshop designed to improve health outcomes for veterans with HCV who are not receiving Interferon-based treatment.
Methods: One hundred- thirty seven Veterans with HCV who receive health care at VA San Diego Healthcare System facilities were randomized to either the HCV Self-Management Workshop (HCV-SMW) or to the Information intervention study arm. The self-management intervention includes six 2.5-hour weekly workshop sessions in addition to the basic information provided to Usual Care. The HCV-SMW was co-led by a health educator and a peer-leader, and has been adapted from an existing self-management program that has been effective for patients with other chronic illnesses. The primary outcome for the study is health-related quality of life. Secondary outcome variables include attendance at recommended health care visits, self-reported health behaviors related to preventing viral transmission, substance use/abuse, and patient-provider communication. Data was collected at baseline, end-of-intervention (6 weeks), at a 12-month and 18-month follow-up visits using self-report questionnaires. In accordance with HIPAA guidelines, VA medical records and other databases were accessed to gather data on health care utilization and mortality. Data was analyzed using repeated-measures analysis of variance, ANCOVA, and linear mixed-model approaches. In addition, an exploratory cost analysis will be conducted when final analyses are conducted.
Status: The study was completed in 2011. Results have been published and citations are provided on this website. An additional manuscript including a cost-effectiveness analysis is in the process of being published.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||134 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Primary Purpose:||Health Services Research|
|Official Title:||A Self-Management Intervention for Veterans With Hepatitis C|
|Study Start Date :||May 2007|
|Primary Completion Date :||August 2010|
|Study Completion Date :||August 2010|
|Experimental: Self-Management Workshop||
Behavioral: Self-Management Workshop
The workshop is a once per week 2.5 hour group that meets for six weeks.
|Active Comparator: Information Only||
Behavioral: Information Only
This is an individual self-paced at home study program.
- Quality of Well-being Scale - Self-Administered (QWB-SA) [ Time Frame: Base Line, 12 months ]The QWB-SA is a preference-based measure of health-related quality of life. Scores range from 0 to 1.0, with 0 representing death, and 1.0 representing asymptomatic, optimal functioning. Thus, higher scores indicate higher quality of life.
- Hepatitis C Knowledge Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Base Line, 6 weeks ]The measure consists of 15 questions covering Hepatitis C-specific information related to disease self-management. Each correct response is scored as one point, with total scores range from 0 to 15. Higher scores indicate higher levels of Hepatitis C-specific knowledge. There are no subscales.
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00328042
|United States, California|
|VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA|
|San Diego, California, United States, 92161|
|Principal Investigator:||Erik J Groessl, PhD BA BS||VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA|