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Text-message Program to Reduce Risky Sexual Behavior in Young Adult Female Emergency Department (ED) Patients (StARSS)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01548183
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 8, 2012
Last Update Posted : May 27, 2015
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Pittsburgh

Brief Summary:
The US preventative services task force (USPSTF) recommends behavioral counseling in the primary care setting for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, however, screening and counseling rarely occur. Text messaging (TM) is increasingly being used as a tool to affect behavior change in patients, but its effect on patients that report at-risk sexual behavior in the emergency department (ED) is unknown. The investigators seek to assess the feasibility of ED-based screening of young adult females for at-risk sexual behavior and enrolling them in a 3 month trial using TM to deliver information and skill building to improve health behavior.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Education, Sex Behavioral: Lifestyle counseling Phase 2

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 52 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Mobile Phone Text-message Program to Reduce Risky Sexual Behavior in Young Females Discharged From the Emergency Department
Study Start Date : August 2011
Primary Completion Date : July 2012
Study Completion Date : August 2012

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Lifestyle counseling
Weekly SMS assessing risky sexual encounters and providing feedback including concern, goal-setting and tools to reduce risk
Behavioral: Lifestyle counseling
Weekly SMS assessments of risky sexual encounters with feedback
No Intervention: Usual care
Usual care includes ED provider counseling as per normal clinical care



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Sex without condom [ Time Frame: 3 months after ED discharge ]
    Participants will be called for phone follow-up at 12 weeks post-ED discarge


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of unprotected vaginal sexual encounters [ Time Frame: 3 months post-ED discharge ]
    Participants will be called for phone follow-up at 12 weeks post ED discharge



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 25 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Female
  • Age 18-25 years
  • AUDIT-C score > 2
  • (Drugs or alcohol prior to last sex OR No condom with last sex OR > 1 partner in last 3 months)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No personal cell phone with SMS features
  • Prisoner
  • Pregnant or planning in next 3 months
  • Current or past drug/alcohol treatment or psychiatric treatment

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01548183


Locations
United States, Pennsylvania
UPMC Mercy Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15221
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh

Responsible Party: University of Pittsburgh
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01548183     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PRO10100400
First Posted: March 8, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 27, 2015
Last Verified: May 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Emergencies
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes