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Web-based Interactive Health Communication Application (IHCA) for Successful Home Dialysis (WISHED)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified April 2016 by St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
McMaster University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Scott Brimble, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Identifier:
First received: July 21, 2011
Last updated: April 18, 2016
Last verified: April 2016
This study involves Chronic Kidney Disease patients that must choose the type of dialysis therapy they ultimately wish to perform. These patients receive education regarding dialysis types from nurses and Nephrologists at a Kidney Function Program. The investigators have developed a web-based Interactive Health Communication Application that could provide more education and support to patients about their dialysis choices. The investigators will compare patients that will receive usual care dialysis education versus patients that will receive additional education through this web-based application. The investigators feel that this tool may increase the proportion of patients who start home dialysis, which offers advantages such as improvement in quality of life and deceased overall healthcare costs, over hospital hemodialysis.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Kidney Disease
Behavioral: Interactive Health Communication Application

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Web-based IHCA for Successful Home Dialysis

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of patients that start home-based dialysis. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Difference between groups in proportion of patients starting home-based dialysis.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number intended to start home-based dialysis [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Difference between groups in proportion of patients intending to perform home-based dialysis

  • Increase in dialysis knowledge [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Difference between groups in dialysis knowledge.

  • Increase in decision making and social support. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Difference between groups in decision conflict and sense of social support.

  • Mortality differences [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Difference between groups in all-cause mortality.

Estimated Enrollment: 152
Study Start Date: March 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: usual care
Active Comparator: Health Communication Application Behavioral: Interactive Health Communication Application
web-based application


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • enrolled in Kidney Function Program (KFP)
  • previously received KFP-administered dialysis modality education
  • personal access to a home computer (ie. either their own or a close friend/family member) with internet access
  • most recent eGFR < or = 20mL/min/1.73m2

Exclusion Criteria:

  • inability to provide informed consent
  • inability to use a home computer or internet
  • inability to understand English (written or spoke)
  • severe visual or auditory impairment
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01403454

Contact: Scott K Brimble, MD 905-522-1155 ext 33787
Contact: Cathy Z Moreau, BSc 905-522-1155 ext 32284

Canada, Ontario
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Recruiting
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L9N 4A6
Contact: Scott K Brimble, Dr.    905-522-1155 ext 33787   
Principal Investigator: Scott K Brimble, Dr.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
McMaster University
Principal Investigator: Scott K Brimble, MD St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Scott Brimble, Principal Investigator, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Identifier: NCT01403454     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11-3536
Grant ( Other Grant/Funding Number: AHSC AFP Innovation Fund )
Study First Received: July 21, 2011
Last Updated: April 18, 2016

Keywords provided by St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton:
chronic kidney disease
web-based application
dialysis education

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Diseases
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
Urologic Diseases
Renal Insufficiency processed this record on May 22, 2017