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Workshops for Veterans With Vision and Hearing Loss (DSLW)

This study has been completed.
Atlanta VA Medical Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development Identifier:
First received: April 19, 2010
Last updated: August 28, 2015
Last verified: August 2015
This is a pilot study of workshops to help Veterans with both vision and hearing loss live a happier, fuller and less stressful life. The results will be used to guide the development of a large scale clinical trial.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: DSL Workshop
Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Pilot Study: Self Management Groups for Veterans With Dual Sensory Loss

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Further study details as provided by VA Office of Research and Development:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Profile of Mood States Total Score. [ Time Frame: Change in Profile of Mood States Score from Baseline to 8 Weeks ]
    The change in Profile of Mood States total score is defined as the 8 week follow-up total score minus the baseline POMS total score. The scale measures change in mood states before and after treatment. The change score can range from -232 to 232, with negative values indicating greater reduction in emotional distress.

Enrollment: 13
Study Start Date: November 2011
Study Completion Date: August 2013
Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: DSL workshop participants
Three to five Veterans with DSL.
Behavioral: DSL Workshop
A series of 6 weekly 2 hour interactive workshops for Veterans with age-related Dual Sensory Loss that provide instruction, skills training, exercises and facilitated interaction among peers.
Other Name: Dual Sensory Loss Self Management Groups

Detailed Description:
This pilot study will enrolled 13 Veterans with Dual Sensory Loss (DSL), age 65 to over 89. The project headquarters in the Portland Oregon Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be tasked with the development of the workshops and writing of a Curriculum and Procedures Manual. The Atlanta VAMC research collaborators enrolled the 13 Veterans. Staff turnover reduced time available for enrollment and data collection. We therefore eliminated the original comparison group design and this study had only one experimental intervention arm and no control intervention or other arm. Veterans were chronologically enrolled who responded to recruitment letters and who passed telephone and onsite screening. The intervention consisted of six weekly two hour workshops providing information, skills training and exercises about self-managing DSL effects on daily life. Preliminary effectiveness data was collected and analyzed, and a large scale clinical trial will be proposed as a followup to explore the efficacy of this management approach. This study data tracked pre and post intervention within subject changes.

Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Veteran;
  • Vision loss > 20/70 better eye;
  • Hearing loss > 40 decibels better ear;
  • Cognition Within Normal Limits (WNL);
  • No behavioral flag or psychiatric diagnosis;
  • Documented psychosocial restrictions secondary to vision and hearing loss

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Vision and/or hearing can be corrected by surgical or pharmacological treatment;
  • Requires use of sign language interpreter
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01109576

United States, Georgia
Atlanta VA Medical and Rehab Center, Decatur
Decatur, Georgia, United States, 30033
United States, Oregon
VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97201
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
Atlanta VA Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Mitchel Turbin, PhD Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
  More Information

Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development Identifier: NCT01109576     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: C7460-P
Study First Received: April 19, 2010
Results First Received: June 4, 2015
Last Updated: August 28, 2015

Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development:
pilot study
self management education
dual sensory loss
peer support groups
age related

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hearing Loss
Vision Disorders
Sensation Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Eye Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Hearing Disorders
Ear Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases processed this record on April 25, 2017