Development and Feasibility of an Internet Intervention for Adults With Spinal Cord Injury to Prevent Pressure Ulcers (iSHIFTup)
The investigators propose to test the feasibility of iSHIFTup (Internet Skin Health Intervention For Targeted Ulcer Prevention) for adults with spinal cord injury (SCI) to prevent serious pressure ulcers (PrUs) and promote protective health behaviors. This protocol is Phase 2 of a three phase project. In Phase 1, the investigators developed iSHIFTup. In Phase 2, the investigators will test the intervention by partnering with Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) to conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of 18 participants. In Phase 3, the investigators will focus on optimizing the intervention based on our outcome findings and feedback, sustaining the program at WWRC, and seeking future funding for a larger RCT.
The investigators will conduct an RCT of up to 18 participants (9 participants in treatment as usual (TAU) group, 9 participants in TAU + iSHIFTup intervention group) (18 participants are needed to obtain statistically significant results).
The investigators will meet with potential participants in-person to complete the informed consent process and confirm eligibility. Participants in the TAU+iSHIFTup group will use the program during the study period. Participants randomized to TAU will have usual treatment during the study period and an opportunity to use the program following trial participation. The investigators will collect information from participants at two times during the study, at enrollment and post-intervention at 6-weeks (42 days). The investigators will also collect qualitative information from participants in the TAU+iSHIFTup group, during an optional focus-group setting, to learn users' experiences with the program. The investigators expect participants in the TAU+iSHIFTup group as compared to the TAU group, to display greater awareness of personal risk for pressure ulcers; increased preventive behaviors; and increased skin care self-efficacy and knowledge.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Development and Feasibility of an Internet Intervention for Adults With Spinal Cord Injury to Prevent Pressure Ulcers|
- Retrospective Diary Data [ Time Frame: Baseline and 42 days ]This measure tracks skin care behaviors. It is completed by participants at enrollment and 42 days later. Change in baseline behaviors from baseline to 42 days is measured.
- Needs Assessment Checklist (Skin Management Subscale) [ Time Frame: Baseline and 42 Days ]Participants complete the NAC-SM after enrollment and again 42 days later. Change in NAC-SM scores from baseline to 42 days is measured.
|Study Start Date:||May 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
No Intervention: Treatment as Usual (TAU)
Participants in this group engage in typical rehabilitation and perform usual skin care routine.
Experimental: TAU + iSHIFTup
Participants in this group engage in typical rehabilitation and use iSHIFTup, Internet Skin Health Intervention for Targeted Ulcer Prevention. Participants are instructed to perform program recommendations to engage in preventive skin care behaviors.
Internet-delivered program to support behaviors to prevent pressure ulcers and promote healthy skin in adults with spinal cord injury.
Other Name: iSHIFTup, Internet Skin Health Intervention for Targeted Ulcer Prevention
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01885962
|United States, Virginia|
|Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center|
|Fishersville, Virginia, United States, 22939|
|Principal Investigator:||Lee M Ritterband, PhD||University of Virginia, Behavioral Health & Technology|