Comparison Between Interactive Internet-based Education and Counseling for the Management of Acne With That of Internet-based Education Alone

This study has been completed.
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University of California, Davis Identifier:
First received: January 7, 2014
Last updated: February 26, 2015
Last verified: February 2015
This study will develop and evaluate the efficacy of an Internet-based education program incorporating virtual coaching. For this study, the virtual coach will consist of online videos aimed at providing acne education and promoting behaviors that support healthy skin. The use of Web-based technologies and virtual coaching in acne-related patient education is novel, and may significantly improve clinical outcomes and quality of life in acne patients. We hypothesize that an interactive Internet-based education and counseling program will be more effective than Internet-based education alone in improving clinical outcomes and quality of life in acne patients.

Condition Intervention
Acne Vulgaris
Behavioral: Virtual Counseling

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Comparison Between Interactive Internet-based Education and Counseling for the Management of Acne With That of Internet-based Education Alone

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Acne Lesion Counts (Inflammatory and Non-inflammatory) [ Time Frame: Up to 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Dermatology Life Quality Index [ Time Frame: Up to 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Knowledge [ Time Frame: Up to 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 98
Study Start Date: January 2014
Study Completion Date: July 2014
Primary Completion Date: July 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Online Education
Experimental: Online Education & Virtual Counseling
Online virtual counseling
Behavioral: Virtual Counseling


Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 19 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of mild to moderate acne vulgaris
  • 13 years of age or older at time of assent, may be men or women.
  • Able read and understand English.
  • Able to hear and see the educational videos.
  • Access to computer with Internet access.
  • Capable of giving informed consent.
  • Not currently using any prescription acne treatment.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Non-English speaking individuals.
  • Self-reported exposure to environmental or chemical comedogenic agents
  • Women with self-reported hyperandrogenism (e.g., PCOS)
  • Women self-reporting current use of any form of specific acne-directed hormonal therapy
  • Men or women with self-reported history of Cushing syndrome or congenital adrenal hyperplasia
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02031718

United States, California
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, California, United States, 95817
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Davis
Principal Investigator: Audrey Wang, MD University of California, Davis
Principal Investigator: April W Armstrong, MD, MPH University of Colorado, Denver
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: University of California, Davis Identifier: NCT02031718     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 511572 
Study First Received: January 7, 2014
Last Updated: February 26, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Acne Vulgaris
Acneiform Eruptions
Sebaceous Gland Diseases
Skin Diseases processed this record on May 26, 2016