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Drug User Internet and Mobile Tech Use

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Silvia Cunto-Amesty, Columbia University Identifier:
First received: June 4, 2013
Last updated: November 25, 2015
Last verified: November 2015
The purpose of this exploratory study is to examine factors associated with frequency and type of internet and mobile technology use among illegal drug users, specifically use of internet and text-messaging to obtain health care information and engage in health care utilization, specifically human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and treatment services. We will target high drug activity neighborhoods in New York City and enroll participants recruited through targeted street outreach. All participants (n=336) will undergo an audio computer-assisted self-interview (ACASI) that will assess sociodemographics, health care access and utilization, sex/drug use behavior, health status, and characteristics of general and health-related internet/mobile technology use including factors that promote or hinder use. Participants identified as using the internet ≥1/month (n=151) will return for a 4-week ACASI to report on use of the pilot website (which will largely display information currently available in the community in print/ pamphlet/ video form).

Condition Intervention
Drug Abuse Illicit
Other: Pilot Website Evaluation Component

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Exploratory Study of Drug User Health-related Internet and Mobile Technology Use

Further study details as provided by Silvia Cunto-Amesty, Columbia University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Percent of participants who use the pilot website [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Percent of participants who use the internet [ Time Frame: Baseline ]
  • Percent of participants who use the internet at least once a month [ Time Frame: Baseline ]
  • Percent of participants who use the internet for health-related purposes [ Time Frame: Baseline ]
  • Percent of participants who are willing to use internet or mobile technology for health-related purposes [ Time Frame: Baseline ]
  • Percent of participants who sign up for receipt of automatic text message updates on relevant health information [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

Enrollment: 212
Study Start Date: December 2014
Study Completion Date: November 2015
Primary Completion Date: November 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Website access
While this pilot intervention is not a randomized trial, study participants who report internet use at least once a month will told of a Pilot Website Evaluation Component that they will be able to access for a 4-week study period. This website will contain a educational information tailored to the health needs of drug users. Web content will be similar to materials and public health messages released by the NYC Department of Health and therefore, harm is not likely to arise from viewing such content.
Other: Pilot Website Evaluation Component
The pilot health website will contain educational health information such as: health-related videos, searchable map of HIV prevention and other needed health and social services, and the option to register for automatic text message updates on relevant health information.
No Intervention: No website access
Participants who report internet use less than once a month will not receive access to the Pilot Website Evaluation Component.

Detailed Description:
At the enrollment visit participants deemed eligible after screening will be consented, and given a 30 minute baseline ACASI survey. At the end of the baseline visit, those participants who reported internet use at least 1x/month (in the past month) will be offered participation in the Pilot Website Evaluation Component. For this component, participants will be instructed on how to use an educational website with health resources. Their use of the website will be tracked. They will be given an appointment to return in 4-weeks for a follow up survey at the pharmacy and a 2-week locator call.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • any lifetime illegal drug use
  • age > 18

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01871298

United States, New York
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, New York, United States, 10032
Sponsors and Collaborators
Columbia University
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Silvia Cunto-Amnesty, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine and Population and Family Health, Dept of Medicine Family Med
  More Information

Responsible Party: Silvia Cunto-Amesty, Assistant Professor, Columbia University Identifier: NCT01871298     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AAAL6402
1R21DA034841-01A1 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: June 4, 2013
Last Updated: November 25, 2015

Keywords provided by Silvia Cunto-Amesty, Columbia University:
internet and mobile technology use
history of drug use
injection drug user (IDU) syringe customers

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on May 25, 2017