Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Handbook for Parents of Children Newly Diagnosed With Food Allergy
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.
Other: Food allergy handbook for parents
Other: Food allergy treatment as usual
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||Living Confidently With Food Allergy: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Handbook for the Newly Diagnosed|
- Change in food allergy-specific quality of life score [ Time Frame: 2 week and 2-month follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Food Allergy-specific quality of life measured on the Food Allergy Quality of Life-Parental Burden Questionnaire (total score)
- Changes in food allergy knowledge score [ Time Frame: 2-week and 2-month follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]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
- Change in confidence in allergy management skills score [ Time Frame: 2-week and 2-month follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]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)
- Change in food allergy outcome expectations score [ Time Frame: 2-week and 2-month follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]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.
- Parent satisfaction with study handbook (study intervention) [ Time Frame: 2-week follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]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.
|Study Start Date:||July 2013|
|Study Completion Date:||November 2014|
|Primary Completion Date:||November 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
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|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01914978
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Boston Children's Hospital|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115|
|Principal Investigator:||Jennifer S LeBovidge, PhD||Children's Hospital Boston|