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Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Handbook for Parents of Children Newly Diagnosed With Food Allergy

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01914978
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 2, 2013
Last Update Posted : July 29, 2015
McMaster University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jennifer LeBovidge, Boston Children’s Hospital

Brief Summary:
The objective of this research is to evaluate the effectiveness of a handbook for parents of children newly diagnosed with food allergy. The handbook was developed to provide information and strategies to support families in effectively managing food allergies while maintaining positive quality of life. Parents of children newly diagnosed with food allergy (within the past year) will be randomized into either the treatment condition (handbook) or a control condition (management of food allergy as usual). Participants will complete study questionnaires online at three time points: baseline (this will be before receiving the handbook for the treatment group), post-intervention (2-3 weeks after baseline), and follow-up (2-3 months after baseline). Data will be analyzed for change on study outcome measures and satisfaction with the handbook. Parents in the control group will receive the handbook following the conclusion of their participation in the study.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hypersensitivity, Food Other: Food allergy handbook for parents Other: Food allergy treatment as usual Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 180 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Living Confidently With Food Allergy: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Handbook for the Newly Diagnosed
Study Start Date : July 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2014

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Handbook
Food allergy handbook for parents
Other: Food allergy handbook for parents
The food allergy handbook was designed to be a reliable resource to supplement physician management of food allergy, addressing key topics central to effective allergy management and maintenance of positive quality of life. The handbook includes evidence-based information about food allergies and their management, practical strategies for transferring allergy management skills into daily life, strategies for educating others about allergies, strategies for coping with common emotional challenges associated with food allergy, and strategies for teaching children and involving them in allergy management.

Placebo Comparator: Treatment as usual
Food allergy treatment as usual
Other: Food allergy treatment as usual

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in food allergy-specific quality of life score [ Time Frame: 2 week and 2-month follow-up ]
    Food Allergy-specific quality of life measured on the Food Allergy Quality of Life-Parental Burden Questionnaire (total score)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Changes in food allergy knowledge score [ Time Frame: 2-week and 2-month follow-up ]
    Food allergy knowledge questions will include a subset of questions from the Chicago Food Allergy Research Survey for Parents of Children with Food Allergy (CFAR-PRNT) and questions developed by the investigators

  2. Change in confidence in allergy management skills score [ Time Frame: 2-week and 2-month follow-up ]
    This questionnaire was developed for the current study, to assess parent's level of confidence in various allergy management skills (e.g., understanding food labels, knowing the symptoms of an allergic reaction, teaching babysitters, relatives and other caregivers how to take care of your child's allergies, etc)

  3. Change in food allergy outcome expectations score [ Time Frame: 2-week and 2-month follow-up ]
    The Food Allergy Independent Measure (FAIM) consists of four questions assessing the parents' expectations of outcomes related to a child's food allergy (i.e., likelihood of the child accidentally ingesting an allergenic food, experiencing a severe reaction, dying following accidental ingestion, and receiving effective treatment in the event of accidental ingestion), which have been associated with health-related quality of life associated with food allergy.

  4. Parent satisfaction with study handbook (study intervention) [ Time Frame: 2-week follow-up ]
    Defined by at least 80% of parents indicating positive ratings of usefulness, novelty of content, clarity of content, and [lack of] distress associated with content, [lack of] distress associated with content, and [lack of] barriers to use of the handbook.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Parents of children ages 0 to 18 years newly diagnosed with food allergy (within the past 12 months)
  • Child's food allergy has been diagnosed by a physician
  • Child has been prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Non-English speakers, as the handbook (study intervention) is only available in English at this time.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01914978

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United States, Massachusetts
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston Children’s Hospital
McMaster University
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Principal Investigator: Jennifer S LeBovidge, PhD Boston Children’s Hospital

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Jennifer LeBovidge, Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital Identifier: NCT01914978     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB-P00007167
First Posted: August 2, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 29, 2015
Last Verified: July 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Food Hypersensitivity
Immune System Diseases
Hypersensitivity, Immediate