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Reducing Disparities in Late Life Depression and Metabolic Syndrome (BRIGHTEN-Heart)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified May 2015 by Rush University Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
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Rush University Medical Center Identifier:
First received: September 1, 2011
Last updated: May 12, 2015
Last verified: May 2015

Linkages between depression and cardiovascular disease have been well documented. These appear to be more than associations, and may reflect causal relationships through a number of proposed pathways, including decreased physical activity, poor dietary habits, medication non-adherence, and a direct impact on inflammatory mediators. Older adults are affected by both depression and heart disease, with increased risk in African American and Latino elderly.

The BRIGHTEN-Heart trial tests the hypothesis that an enhanced primary care delivery system intervention which provides evidence-based, patient-centered mental health services targeting depression and cardiovascular risk factors can reduce the risk of development of cardiovascular disease in low-income elderly blacks and Hispanics. BRIGHTEN stands for Bridging Resources of a Geriatric Health Team via Electronic Networking, and in this intervention, specialty providers including geropsychologists, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists, chaplains, occupational therapists, and others collaborate via the internet as a virtual team. The study will determine if such a virtual interdisciplinary clinical team collaboration can reduce depression in older (age ≥ 65) minority adults with comorbid depression and metabolic syndrome.

Condition Intervention
Depressive Symptoms
Metabolic Syndrome X
Behavioral: Generations older adult membership program
Behavioral: BRIGHTEN Heart Virtual Team intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: BRIGHTEN Heart: Reducing Disparities in Late Life Depression and Metabolic Syndrome

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Further study details as provided by Rush University Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical Depression Scores, as measured by PHQ-9 [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Depression has been shown to double both the risk of developing heart disease and mortality risk for persons who do develop heart disease. The Primary Aim of the trial is to document reduction in symptoms of depression in persons receiving the intervention, relative to the control group. The PHQ-9 instrument is the most widely used symptom measure of depression, and has been validated across multiple populations, and in a Spanish-translation as well

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Cardiometabolic risk factors [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Risk for the development of heart disease will be compared via clinical measures and blood tests. Clinical measurements include Blood Pressure, Weight, and Waist Circumference. Blood tests include Hemoglobin A1c, HDL Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, and hsCRP.

Estimated Enrollment: 250
Study Start Date: March 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2015
Primary Completion Date: January 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Generations older adult member program
Rush Generations is a membership program for older adults, providing chronic disease prevention and management through educational programming, civic engagement, and individual and family consultations with social work staff.
Behavioral: Generations older adult membership program

Rush Generations is a membership program for older adults emphasizing chronic disease prevention and management through a wide range of health and aging-related programs. Participants assigned to the Generations intervention are actively encouraged to participate in activities, including:

• RUSH-based lectures by experts in the fields of health and aging providing practical information and resources on physical and mental health, functional status, and social support. • Individual and family consultations with social work staff. • Health fairs with a variety of assessment services and information about community-based social service and health agencies. • Assistance with referral to community programs such as physical activity, driver safety events, and mind-body connection workshops.

Experimental: BRIGHTEN Heart Virtual Team
BRIGHTEN Heart provides older adults with an interdisciplinary team evaluation of physical and mental health and on-going support for mental health and health behavior change for a minimum of six months. The five core components of the BRIGHTEN intervention consist of: 1) Assessment; 2) Virtual team case review; 3) Patient centered action planning; 4) Plan implementation, and; 5) When indicated, short-term evidence-based geriatric specialty psychotherapy.
Behavioral: BRIGHTEN Heart Virtual Team intervention

BRIGHTEN Heart provides an interdisciplinary team evaluation of physical and mental health and on-going support for mental health & health behavior change for 6 - 12 months, including:

• Comprehensive health risk assessment by a licensed social worker, including physical, mental, and functional status. • Virtual team case review and recommendations by interdisciplinary team including psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist, pharmacist, chaplain, dietitian, geriatric psychiatrist, and patient's primary care physician. • Development of Patient Centered Action Plan, in which the social worker assists the patient in prioritizing recommendations. • Monthly telephone calls by the social worker to support implementation of Action Plan and Case Management. • Evidence Based Psychotherapy, as needed, delivered by supervised geriatric psychology and social work fellows.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • At least 60 years of age.
  • Overweight or Obese as documented by BMI greater than 25.0.
  • Presence of Depression symptoms, as determined by having a PHQ-9 score of 8 or more.
  • Receiving primary care through a participating safety net clinic (public clinic or FQHC)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Below the age of 60 years old at time of enrollment.
  • Lack decisional capacity (due to dementia, active psychosis, or other cause).
  • Are currently under active behavioral treatment of a psychologist or psychiatrist for any reason.
  • Lack regular access to a telephone in their home (including cell phone).
  • Are enrolled in another intervention trial
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01428791

United States, Illinois
Cook County Health and Hospital System
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60612
Mercy Hospital and Health System
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60616
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rush University Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Steven K Rothschild, MD Department of Preventive Medicine, Rush University Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Erin Emery, PhD Department of Behavioral Sciences, Rush University Medical Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Rush University Medical Center Identifier: NCT01428791     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1P50HL105189-01 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: September 1, 2011
Last Updated: May 12, 2015

Keywords provided by Rush University Medical Center:
Metabolic Syndrome X
Older adults
Health Disparities
Health Services for the Aged
Interdisciplinary Health Team
Depressive symptoms

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Metabolic Syndrome X
Pathologic Processes
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Behavioral Symptoms
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Insulin Resistance
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
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