Problem Solving Training and Low Vision Rehabilitation

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 17, 2007
Last Update Posted : February 19, 2016
National Eye Institute (NEI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Brief Summary:
Vision loss can result in feelings of frustration, helplessness, anxiety, depression, and anger, which compromise a person's activities of everyday living. While emotional distress may resolve in some persons without intervention, unmanaged and persistent distress places the person at risk for continued decrements in health status and the potential development of more severe conditions (i.e., depression, poor health outcomes). Persons with low vision will be recruited and randomly assigned to either an innovative, problem-solving training (PST) intervention group designed specifically for persons with low vision or a sham intervention/control group. Primary and secondary outcomes will be assessed at baseline prior to intervention and at 3 month follow-up, 7 month follow-up, 12 month follow-up, and 24 month follow-up by a research interviewer masked to participants' randomization. This project will: (1) demonstrate how specified physical and emotional outcomes of persons with low vision change across time, (2) evaluate the effectiveness of a PST intervention that will be delivered to persons with low vision; and (3) identify persons with low vision who are at risk for adverse emotional and health outcomes.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Low Vision Behavioral: problem-solving training Behavioral: sham intervention Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 430 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Problem Solving Training and Low Vision Rehabilitation
Study Start Date : October 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2015

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MedlinePlus related topics: Rehabilitation

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Behavioral: problem-solving training
Sham Comparator: 2
Attention Control
Behavioral: sham intervention

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) [ Time Frame: baseline, 3months, 6 months, 12 months, 24 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • +19 yrs of age
  • Underwent a low vision rehabilitation initial eye exam
  • No more than 2 errors on cognitive on cognitive screening measure (SPBS)
  • Must have access to telephone
  • No significant hearing problems
  • No significant communication problems
  • Speaks fluent English

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00545220

United States, Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Alabama at Birmingham
National Eye Institute (NEI)
Principal Investigator: Laura Dreer, PhD University of Alabama at Birmingham

Responsible Party: University of Alabama at Birmingham Identifier: NCT00545220     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: X060817006
5K23EY017327-02 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: October 17, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 19, 2016
Last Verified: February 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vision, Low
Vision Disorders
Sensation Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Eye Diseases
Signs and Symptoms