Connect.Parkinson: Connecting Individuals With Parkinson Disease to Specialists in Their Homes

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
National Parkinson Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ray Dorsey, University of Rochester Identifier:
First received: January 8, 2014
Last updated: July 8, 2016
Last verified: July 2016

Connect.Parkinson is a randomized comparative effectiveness study, comparing usual care enhanced with educational materials to usual care, educational materials, and the delivery of specialty care via telemedicine into patient's homes. The study's specific aims are the following:

  1. To demonstrate the feasibility of using telemedicine to deliver specialty care into the homes of individuals with Parkinson disease who have limited access to care;
  2. To show that such an approach can improve quality of life;
  3. To establish that the telemedicine can enhance the quality of care; and
  4. To demonstrate that this remote approach to care saves time, reduces travel, and decreases care partner burden.

Condition Intervention
Parkinson Disease
Other: Virtual Visits

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Using Technology to Deliver Multi-disciplinary Care to Individuals With Parkinson Disease in Their Homes: the Connect.Parkinson Study

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Further study details as provided by University of Rochester:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Feasibility of Virtual Visits for Parkinson Disease [ Time Frame: One year ]
    Feasibility of virtual visits will be determined by the number of participants who complete at least one virtual visit successfully.

  • Efficacy of care provided via virtual visits [ Time Frame: One year ]
    Assessed as the change in quality of life, measured by the Parkinson Disease Questionnaire 39 (PDQ-39).

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall Quality of Life [ Time Frame: One year ]
    We will measure the change in overall quality of life reported from baseline to the end of the study using the EuroQoL 5D-5L.

  • Patient Global Impression of Change [ Time Frame: One year ]
    At the conclusion of the study, participants will be asked to describe how they feel their health has changed since the beginning of the study.

  • Cognition [ Time Frame: One year ]
    We will assess changes in cognition from baseline to the end of the study using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), administered remotely.

  • Parkinson disease severity [ Time Frame: One year ]
    Parkinson disease clinical characteristics will be assessed by a physician independent rater, blinded to treatment group, at baseline and at the conclusion of the study, using the Movement Disorder Society Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS).

  • Quality of Care [ Time Frame: One year ]
    We will assess change in the perceived quality of care using the Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC).

  • Value to patients and care partners [ Time Frame: One year ]
    We will assess value to patients and caregivers using questions about time and travel to Parkinson disease appointments, as well as healthcare resource utilization (including hospitalizations and other visits).

  • Care partner burden [ Time Frame: One year ]
    Measured as the change in the Multidimensional Caregiver Strain Index (MCSI).

Estimated Enrollment: 480
Study Start Date: March 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Usual Care and Educational Materials
Participants with Parkinson disease will receive educational materials from the National Parkinson Foundation, complete a baseline assessment survey and virtual visit with a physician independent rater, then continue with their usual care in their communities for the duration of the study. After 12 months, they will have another virtual study assessment with an independent rater, after which they will receive a free, one-time virtual consultation with a Parkinson disease specialist in their state.
Experimental: Virtual Visits and Educational Materials
Participants with Parkinson disease randomized to the virtual visit intervention will receive educational materials from the National Parkinson Foundation, complete a baseline assessment and virtual study assessment with a physician independent rater, and then receive four virtual care visits with a Parkinson disease specialist in their state. Specialists will provide recommendations for care to participants and their designated local health care provider. At 12 months, these individuals will again be assessed by the independent rater, who will be blind to treatment assignment.
Other: Virtual Visits
Virtual visits will be completed using HIPAA-compliant video conferencing software from SBR Health and Vidyo, designed specifically for use in the healthcare industry. The software is available for Windows and Mac OS, as well as iOS devices (iPad and iPhone).
Other Names:
  • Telemedicine
  • Teleneurology
  • Video call
  • Video conferencing
No Intervention: Care partners
Care partners will be enrolled with the participants for whom they care. Care partners will complete a survey at baseline and at the end of the study, including assessments of time and travel for assisting with Parkinson disease visits and the Multidimensional Caregiver Strain Index (MCSI).

Detailed Description:
Connect.Parkinson is a national study examining the feasibility and effectiveness of using video calls to bring expert Parkinson disease care directly into patients' homes. Currently, access to care for Parkinson disease is limited by distance, disability, and the distribution of doctors. Approximately 200 individuals with Parkinson disease (who due to distance, disability, disparity, or doctor distribution have limited access to care) will be randomized to one of two arms in this comparative effectiveness study. The first (control) arm will be the individual's "usual care" supplemented by educational materials on their condition. This usual care may include care from a generalist, care from a neurologist, or in-person care from a Parkinson specialist. The care received by the control group will vary but will be an accurate reflection of usual care in this country. The second (intervention) arm will be usual care supplemented by educational materials and care from a Parkinson disease specialist delivered via web-based video conferencing into the patient's home. The participants will also be asked with they have a primary care partner, and care partners will be invited to enroll, for a total of approximately 400 participants.

Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals with clinically diagnosed Idiopathic Parkinson disease in the judgment of the independent rater
  • No better alternative explanation for the parkinsonism
  • Access to a non-public, internet-enabled device (e.g., computer, tablet computer, smart phone) that has the capacity for web-based video conferencing
  • Be physically located at time visits are conducted in a state where the participating physician is licensed to practice medicine
  • Have a local care provider that the study team can contact
  • Live at home, in a senior housing complex, or assisted living facility
  • Be fluent in English (all participating states) or Spanish (participants in Florida and Massachusetts only)
  • Willing and able to provide informed consent
  • Care partner (if applicable) must be able and willing to provide informed consent to participate if he or she so chooses.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Currently hospitalized
  • Condition (e.g., prominent psychosis) that precludes study participation as identified by the medical professional (site investigator or nurse).
  • Participation in another telemedicine study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02038959

United States, California
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California, United States, 94143
The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center
Sunnyvale, California, United States, 94083
United States, Florida
University of Florida
Gainsville, Florida, United States, 32610
University of Miami
Miami, Florida, United States, 33136
United States, Georgia
Georgia Regents University
Augusta, Georgia, United States, 30912
United States, Illinois
Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
United States, Kansas
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas, United States, 66160
United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21287
United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
United States, Minnesota
Struthers Parkinson Center
Golden Valley, Minnesota, United States, 55427
The Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
United States, New York
Northshore Long Island Jewish - Feinstein Institute
Manhasset, New York, United States, 11030
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, New York, United States, 14642
United States, North Carolina
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
United States, Oregon
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97239
United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
United States, South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina, United States, 29425
United States, Texas
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
United States, Washington
Northwest Neurological, PLLC
Spokane, Washington, United States, 99202
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Rochester
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
National Parkinson Foundation
Principal Investigator: E. Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA University of Rochester
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Ray Dorsey, Director, Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics; Professor of Neurology, University of Rochester Identifier: NCT02038959     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AD-12-11-4701 
Study First Received: January 8, 2014
Last Updated: July 8, 2016

Keywords provided by University of Rochester:
Parkinson disease
Parkinson's disease
virtual visits
video calls
video conferencing
virtual house calls

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Parkinson Disease
Parkinsonian Disorders
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Movement Disorders
Neurodegenerative Diseases processed this record on January 19, 2017