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Observational Study to Analyse the Impact of Nurse Support and Disease Related Factors on Long- Term Adherence to Betaferon Treatment (BEACON)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00787657
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 7, 2008
Last Update Posted : October 16, 2015
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Brief Summary:
  • The Study analyses the influence of selected factors on adherence to Betaferon treatment in patients with early multiple sclerosis (MS). The Investigator will document the relevant medical data regarding multiple sclerosis at every hospital visit, the patient will fill in two questionnaires at every visit: one about coping with the disease and the other about anxiety and depression.
  • The Study particularly looks at the role of the support of the patient given by the multiple sclerosis nurses.The nurse will provide additional standardised information at start of treatment and will regularly phone the patient to ask standardised questions about the general condition with regard to the treatment, the disease and social support. At the end of the Study it will be assessed if the supportive measures and the standards in terms of adherence management in the hospital have some influence to increase long-term treatment adherence.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) Drug: Interferon beta-1b (Betaseron, BAY86-5046)

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 1723 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Betaferon Prospective Study on Adherence, Coping and Nursing Support
Study Start Date : June 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2014

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Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Arm 1 Drug: Interferon beta-1b (Betaseron, BAY86-5046)
Patients after first clinical events suggestive of MS (according to SMPC) and patients with RRMS within the first two years of diagnosis

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Proportion of patients adhering to treatment [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18 and 24 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Rate of early treatment termination [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18 and 24 months ]
  2. Rate of study dropout [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18 and 24 months ]
  3. Predictive value of BL parameters, WCQ, HADS, RODQ [ Time Frame: 12 and 24 months ]
  4. WCQ (Ways of Coping Questionnaire) [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18 and 24 months ]
  5. HADS (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18 and 24 months ]
  6. RODQ (Risk of Dropout Questionnaire) [ Time Frame: Monthly over 6 months; every other month thereafter ]
  7. EDSS (Expanded Disability Status Scale) [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18 and 24 months ]
  8. Relapse rate [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18 and 24 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients after clinical events suggestive of MS according to SMPC) and patients with elapsing / Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) within the first two years of diagnosis

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients after first clinical event suggestive of multiple Sclerosis (MS) (according to SmPC) and patients with Relapsing / Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) within the first two years of diagnosis.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Contra-indications as indicated in Betaferon summary of Products Characteristics (SmPC)

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00787657

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Many Locations, Argentina
Many Locations, Bahrain
Many Locations, Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Many Locations, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Many Locations, Canada
Many Locations, China
Many Locations, Colombia
Czech Republic
Many Locations, Czech Republic
Many Locations, Egypt
Many Locations, Estonia
Many Locations, France
Many Locations, Germany
Iran, Islamic Republic of
Many Locations, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Many Locations, Israel
Many Locations, Italy
Many Locations, Jordan
Korea, Republic of
Many Locations, Korea, Republic of
Many Locations, Kuwait
Many Locations, Lebanon
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Many Locations, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Many Locations, Mexico
Many Locations, Netherlands
New Zealand
Many Locations, New Zealand
Many Locations, Norway
Many Locations, Pakistan
Many Locations, Portugal
Saudi Arabia
Many Locations, Saudi Arabia
Many Locations, Singapore
Many Locations, Slovakia
Many Locations, Slovenia
Many Locations, Sweden
Syrian Arab Republic
Many Locations, Syrian Arab Republic
Many Locations, Taiwan
United Arab Emirates
Many Locations, United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Many Locations, United Kingdom
Many Locations, Venezuela
Sponsors and Collaborators
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Study Director: Bayer Study Director Bayer
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Bayer
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00787657    
Other Study ID Numbers: 13852
311941 ( Other Identifier: company internal )
BF0703 ( Other Identifier: company internal )
First Posted: November 7, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 16, 2015
Last Verified: October 2015
Keywords provided by Bayer:
Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS)
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Demyelinating Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Interferon beta-1b
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Adjuvants, Immunologic