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Changes in Adherence After Playing "My Life With CF" Game

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Craig A. Friesen, MD, Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City Identifier:
First received: May 28, 2008
Last updated: September 3, 2014
Last verified: September 2014

Nonadherence to treatment regimes among patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) is well documented in the literature. Unfortunately, few interventions have been successful at improving adherence rates in this patient population. Within the pediatric population, specifically adolescents, attitude toward treatment directly effects adherence to treatment. Changing attitude includes making conscious decisions regarding adherence or non-adherence and should include an understanding of what outcomes will likely result from nonadherence.

This study will determine if attitudes can be enhanced and adherence to treatment regimen improved in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) adolescent patients by using a simulation game "My Life with CF" . The target population is CF patients ages 12-21 years. Attitudes will be assessed utilizing four attitude scales in CF adolescents pre and post experiencing the simulation game. In the simulation game, patients make life decisions, including CF therapy decisions, using a fictional character diagnosed with CF. The game has been designed to help players understand the long-term effects of health care choices. Data from this pilot study will assess changes in attitudes and reported changes in adherence.

Condition Intervention
Cystic Fibrosis
Other: My Life with CF game

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Changes in Adherence to Diet, Treatment and Medication in the Cystic Fibrosis Patient as a Result of Participation in a Simulation Game.

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Further study details as provided by Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine changes in attitude associated with playing the game "My Life with CF". [ Time Frame: One month follow up ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine changes in frequency to adherence of treatment plan, specifically related to respiratory treatments and medications, one month after playing the game "My Life with CF". [ Time Frame: One month follow up ]

Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: May 2008
Study Completion Date: May 2009
Primary Completion Date: May 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Other: My Life with CF game
Play the game My Life with CF
Other Name: My Life with CF

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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. patients with a diagnosis of CF
  2. age 12 - 20 years
  3. capable of reading and conversing in English
  4. capable and willing to provide assent for study participation
  5. presence of a parent/guardian capable of providing informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. absence of a parent/guardian or unwillingness to provide permission
  2. potential participant declines to provide assent
  3. the presence of a healthcare condition that does not meet infection control standards (i.e. patients with burkodalia cepacia) for participation in the small group setting necessary to play the game.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00688051

United States, Missouri
Children's Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri, United States, 64108
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City
Principal Investigator: Kathy Christenson, RN CPNP Children's Mercy Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Craig A. Friesen, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City Identifier: NCT00688051     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07 06-091E
Study First Received: May 28, 2008
Last Updated: September 3, 2014

Keywords provided by Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City:
Cystic Fibrosis
Adherence to treatment

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cystic Fibrosis
Pathologic Processes
Pancreatic Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Infant, Newborn, Diseases processed this record on April 25, 2017