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A Behavioral Intervention to Improve Work Outcomes

This study has been completed.
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VA Office of Research and Development Identifier:
First received: June 2, 2006
Last updated: June 24, 2009
Last verified: June 2009
This research has been designed to learn whether getting regular and specific feedback about work performance with small rewards for meeting goals helps people to improve their job performance and leads to better work outcomes, improved mental functioning, and better quality of life

Condition Intervention
Mental Disorders Behavioral: Goal setting and work feedback group

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Behavioral Intervention to Improve Outcomes in VA Work Programs

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Further study details as provided by VA Office of Research and Development:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Competitive employment- [ Time Frame: 6 month and 12 month follow-up ]

Enrollment: 57
Study Start Date: December 2003
Study Completion Date: September 2008
Primary Completion Date: October 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Behavioral: Goal setting and work feedback group
Goal setting and feedback using WBI
No Intervention: 2
Work Services

Detailed Description:

This study is designed to test whether systematic work performance feedback with weekly goal setting, combined with small rewards given for goal achievement, leads to improved vocational, health, and quality of life outcomes for veterans enrolled in the various work service programs at this medical center. The long-term goal of this project is to determine the effectiveness of these interventions at this medical center and to use this experience for a multi-site cooperative study proposal.

Research Design and Methods: One hundred and fifty subjects accepted into work services at this medical center will be randomly assigned to one of two conditions: Work Feedback with Small Rewards, or Usual Services. In the Work Feedback with Small Rewards condition, participants attend a weekly workers meeting where they receive specific feedback based upon the Work Behavior Inventory and set weekly goals. They also receive small rewards for goal achievement that equal $10 per month. Participants in the Usual Services condition do not get specific work feedback but receive all the usual work services normally provided. They also receive $10 per month for active participation. Assessments include baseline evaluations of mental and physical health, social function, cognitive function, and quality of life. Evaluations of mental health, quality of life, and job satisfaction will occur at two months and four months. Six-month and twelve month evaluations will repeat the baseline assessment. Outcome measures will include biweekly work performance assessments, vocational outcomes, mental and physical health status, social and cognitive function, and quality of life


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Veterans participating in a work program at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System; English-speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No exclusion criteria based upon diagnosis, although VA work programs have pre-existing requirements such as a demonstrated need for services, a referral from a clinician, and an interest in work rehabilitation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00333658

United States, Connecticut
VA Connecticut Health Care System (West Haven)
West Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06516
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
Principal Investigator: Morris D Bell, PhD VA Connecticut Health Care System (West Haven)
  More Information

Responsible Party: Bell, Morris - Principal Investigator, Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier: NCT00333658     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: D3108R
Study First Received: June 2, 2006
Last Updated: June 24, 2009

Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development:
psychotherapy, group
rehabilitation, vocational
treatment outcome

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders processed this record on August 23, 2017