Living Well With Rheumatoid Arthritis
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Other
|Official Title:||Brigham Rheumatoid Arthritis Sequential Study B.R.A.S.S.|
- RADAI Disease Activity Score [ Time Frame: 21 months ]
Change in self-assessed disease activity from baseline to 21-months. Total RADAI score is 0-10 with 0 indicating no/low self-assessed disease activity and 10 indicating high self-assessed disease activity.
Reference: Stucki G, Liang M, Stucki S, Bruhlmann P, Michel BA. A self-administered rheumatoid arthritis disease activity index (RADAI) for epidemiological research. Psychometric properties and correlation with parameters of disease activity. Arthritis Rheum. 38;795-98,1995
- Depression [ Time Frame: 21 months ]
Change in the Beck Depression Scale from baseline to 21-months. The BDI-II (Reference: BDI- II Manual by Aaron T. Beck, Robert A. Steer, and Gregory K. Brown) is a 21-item scale for measuring negative attitudes about the future. Add up each of the items marked in the direction keyed for "hopelessness" to get a total score.
Each of 21 items is summed to give single score for BDI-II.
- There is 4-point scale ranging from 0 - 3. On 2 items (16, 18)
- There are 7 options to indicate either increase or decrease of appetite and sleep. These are still scored 0 - 3 - answers are 0,1a,1b,2a,2b,3a,3b.
Cut score guidelines for the BDI-II are given with recommendation that thresholds be adjusted based on the characteristics of the sample, and the purpose for use of the BDI-II.
0 - 13 minimal 14 - 19 mild 20 - 28 moderate 29 - 63 severe
- Self-Compassion [ Time Frame: 21 months ]Change in the Neff Self Compassion scale from baseline to 21-months. This is a 26-item scale. The total self-compassion score ranges from 0 (no self-compassion) - 30 (high self-compassion). Reference: Neff, K.D. (2003). Development and validation of a scale to measure self-compassion. Self and Identity, 2, 223-250
|Study Start Date:||September 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Experimental: IFS Intervention Group||
The program will begin with a half day orientation to meet the trained professional coaches and other patients enrolled in the program. Following the orientation there will be group meetings of 8-10 RA patients every other week for twelve weeks with one of the trained coaches. In the weeks patients do not meet with the group, patients will have individual coaching sessions. The group meetings will last approximately 90 minutes and the individual meetings will last 50 minutes. A maintenance program will follow with bimonthly coaching sessions and a group meeting once a month over the next six months.
Three, six and nine months after the beginning of the program, patients will return to the hospital to complete the same research questionnaire and physical examination they received at baseline.
|Active Comparator: Education Group||
The intervention for the controls includes an initial meeting with a health professional. Once a month for 9 months, patients will received educational material and a follow-up phone call to ask if the patient received the information and to answer any questions about the material.
Subjects will be selected from the Brigham & Women's Hospital Arthritis Center and include those enrolled in the BRASS study and then once recruited randomly assigned to either the IFS intervention group or the education group. Both the IFS intervention and education group will participate in their respective programs simultaneously over 9 months.
Subject reported measures:
Incorporated into the questionnaires are several subject-reported measures, including: The Self-Compassion Scale, Beck Depression Index (BDI-II), SF-12 Health Survey, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), RA Disease Activity Index (RADAI), and Arthritis Self-Efficacy Scale. These measures report emotional states, degree and location of arthritis pain, and how that pain affects their daily lives. A monthly encounter form will also be completed by the subject.
The physicians who will be monitoring subject health are blind to the study and complete the same measures for subjects in both the IFS intervention and education groups. They will complete a joint count, Global Assessment of health, duration of morning stiffness and ACR functional status.
Subjects will give blood at the beginning, 3, 6 and 9-month points of the program. This sample will be laboratory-tested for C-reactive protein.
Data collection schedule:
Subjects will complete a questionnaire at baseline, then at 3, 6 and 9 months. They will give blood samples and undergo a routine physical examination, focusing on their joints at the initial meeting, again at 3, 6, and 9 months into the study.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00869349
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Brigham and Women's Hospital|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115|
|Principal Investigator:||Nancy A Shadick, MD, MPH||Brigham and Women's Hospital|