Preserving Function Among Disability Applicants

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 18, 2007
Last Update Posted : July 2, 2009
Information provided by:
VA Office of Research and Development

Brief Summary:
To test the hypothesis that veterans counseled around managing their benefits will work more and have a better quality of life than those receiving non-specific counseling.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Disability Behavioral: Benefits Counseling Behavioral: VA Orientation Phase 1

Detailed Description:

The aim is to develop and test the efficacy of Benefits Counseling to improve quality of life among veterans who apply for VA benefits. Benefits Counseling involves providing claimants information about rehabilitation and work-related activities, benefits determination and management, and available substance abuse treatment . Benefits Counseling is designed to increase motivation to be active and promote engagement in substance abuse treatment. After enrolling 15 participants in an open-label pilot phase, 300 veterans who are not receiving benefits and are applying to VBA for disability benefits will be randomly assigned to Benefits Counseling or the control condition, VA Orientation, and both groups will be followed for one year.

The primary outcome measures will be observer-rated and self-rated quality of life. Secondary outcome measures will include substance use and treatment utilization.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 120 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Preserving Function Among Disability Applicants: A Motivational Enhancement Approach to Benefits Counseling
Study Start Date : February 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2009

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Benefits Counseling
Behavioral: Benefits Counseling
Help deciding whether to work
Active Comparator: 2
VA Orientation
Behavioral: VA Orientation
Orientation to services available at VA

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Days engaged in work and work-related activities [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. substance use (as measured by days having used illicit drugs, alcohol to intoxication in the preceding days) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  2. treatment utilization (days in last 30 having participated in rehabilitation and work-related activities, number of days having participated in non-inpatient substance abuse treatment, number of days on any inpatient unit) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Applying for VA service connection and not currently receiving VBA benefits.
  2. Veterans who have been rated 0% service-connected but do not receive financial benefits are eligible to participate.
  3. Able to provide valid consent
  4. Age 18-65
  5. Expresses willingness to discuss benefits with a counselor
  6. Anticipates difficulty working

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Already receiving VA payments
  2. Already receiving SSI or SSDI
  3. Has a conservator

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00530985

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: Marc I. Rosen, MD VA Connecticut Health Care System (West Haven)

Responsible Party: Rosen, Marc - Principal Investigator, Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier: NCT00530985     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MR0024
First Posted: September 18, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 2, 2009
Last Verified: June 2009

Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development:
substance abuse
vocational rehabilitation
case management