STEP: Enhanced Physical Activity in Children and Youth With Epilepsy

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified September 2015 by McMaster University
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First received: March 8, 2012
Last updated: September 22, 2015
Last verified: September 2015
Hypothesis: The investigators hypothesize that a pedometer-based motivated 6-months walking program will result in sustainable enhanced PA.

Condition Intervention
Physical Activity
Behavioral: Motivation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Official Title: STEP: Enhanced Physical Activity in Children and Youth With Epilepsy: Developing Evidence of Impacts on Health, Functioning, Psychological Wellbeing, and Quality of Life

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Further study details as provided by McMaster University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of Life (CHEQOL-25) [ Time Frame: 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: April 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Control Group
Sedentary children with epilepsy will maintain step count for 6 months and then be asked to increase the step count.
Experimental: Experimental Group
Sedentary Children with epilepsy, increase the step count weekly with phon-based motivational coaching strategies for 6 months and then check sustainability without further motivational support for another 6 months.
Behavioral: Motivation
Participants in the experimental group will be motivated by augmented behavior modification strategies aiming to increase performance by: (i) having access to the pedometer web page that allows them to view their automatically calculated goals, and get feedback about performance toward goals

Detailed Description:
Enhanced PA will in turn positively influence health, social participation and QoL of sedentary CWE through multiple pathways. These will involve biomedical factors (i.e. attention deficit, depression, anxiety and sleep disorders); and contextual environmental and personal factors that include psychosocial factors at the child, family and community level (Figure 1).21 These factors may include family stressors, social support, self-efficacy, and autonomy.22 We expect that enhanced, sustained PA will improve health, functioning and QoL of CWE through its potential neuroprotective and circadian rhythm regulatory effects, and by increasing social participation, promoting a positive outlook on life and self-image, decreasing worries and concerns, decreasing emotional problems and the concealment of epilepsy, and delaying secondary health complications.

Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 14 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • ages of 8 - 14 years
  • has epilepsy, as confirmed by a pediatric neurologist with at least 1 seizures in the previous 12 months
  • must be ambulatory; (iv) understands English or French
  • functions at a grade 3 level as judged by parents
  • not involved in regular competitive physical sports
  • able and willing to complete the web-based questionnaires.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • anyone not between ages of 8 and 14
  • patient must have epilepsy
  • unable to walk
  • non english or french speaking
  • functioning below a grade 3 level
  • already involved in regular physical activity
  • unable to complete web-based questionnaires
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01550874

Contact: Gabriel M Ronen, MD 905-521-2100 ext 73392
Contact: Sarah L Mitchell 905-521-2100 ext 73392

Canada, Ontario
McMaster Children's Hospital Recruiting
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1
Contact: Gabriel M Ronen, MD    905-521-2100 ext 73392   
Contact: Helena Viveiros   
Principal Investigator: Ronen M. Ronen, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Brian Timmons, PHD         
Sub-Investigator: David Streiner, PHD         
Sub-Investigator: Steven Bray, PHD         
Sub-Investigator: Peter Rosenbaum, MD         
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Active, not recruiting
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1H 8L1
Sponsors and Collaborators
McMaster University
Principal Investigator: Gabriel M Ronen, MD McMaster University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: McMaster University Identifier: NCT01550874     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: REB 12-035
Study First Received: March 8, 2012
Last Updated: September 22, 2015
Health Authority: Canada: Health Canada
Canada: Ethics Review Committee

Keywords provided by McMaster University:
Physical Activity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on November 24, 2015