Comparing Thinking Skills for Work (TSW)Home Practice Program With Traditional TSW Program
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Impact of Thinking Skills for Work (TSW)Tablet-based Home Practice Program on Cognitive Functioning and Work With the Traditional TSW Program|
- Composite Measure of Change in Neurocognitive Functioning [ Time Frame: 6 months and 12 months ]Neurocognitive tests for primary outcome variables are from (MATRICS) Consensus Cognitive Battery
|Study Start Date:||January 2017|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2020|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||December 2020 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
TSW-HP Intervention implemented by a cognitive specialist over a 6-month treatment period which includes 24 hours (1 hour per week) of facilitated cognitive exercise sessions, which will be supplemented by approximately 24 hours of home practice sessions on a tablet computer.
TSW-HP involves home practice of cognitive exercises along with the training sessions facilitated by the cognitive specialist at the agency.
Active Comparator: TSW-T
Participants assigned to traditional TSW will receive the usual TSW program, which includes a one hour cognitive exercise practice session per week at Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) for 6 months. This group will not receive home based cognitive practice exercises.
Participants assigned to traditional TSW will receive the usual TSW program which includes a one hour session per week at BCS for 6 months. This group will not receive home based cognitive practice exercises
The Thinking Skills for Work (TSW) program has been shown to improve cognitive functioning and work in multiple studies in a variety of vocational programs. TSW includes agency-based, computer cognitive practice facilitated by a cognitive specialist, and teaching of compensatory strategies to manage cognitive challenges, which are integrated with vocational services. Supplementing agency-based practice with home practice on a tablet addresses the need and desire for more cognitive practice, which is expected to further improve cognitive and work outcomes.
This randomized controlled trial will evaluate the impact of supplementing the traditional TSW cognitive practice with home based practice of cognitive exercises using a tablet.. Fifty clients enrolled in vocational services at Brooklyn Community Services will be recruited and randomized either to TSW-Home Practice (N=25) or traditional TSW (N=25).
All the participants will be assessed at baseline, 6 months and 12 months on cognitive functioning and symptoms; work activity will be tracked for 12 months; program satisfaction will be assessed at 6 and 12 months. The study will establish the efficacy of using home practice on a tablet to increase the number of computer cognitive practice exercises completed by clients.
Study hypotheses: 1) Individuals assigned to TSW HP will complete more cognitive practice sessions using COGPACK software than those assigned to traditional TSW; 2) Individuals who are exposed to TSW HP (i.e., complete 6 or more cognitive practice sessions) will complete more practice sessions than those who are exposed to traditional TSW; 3) Individuals assigned to TSW - HP will show greater improvements in cognitive functioning at post treatment and follow up than those assigned to traditional TSW; 4) Individuals assigned to TSW - HP will show greater improvements in work related outcomes (number of job interviews, % obtaining competitive work, weeks worked, wages earned) at post-treatment and follow up than those assigned to traditional TSW.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT03005574
|Contact: Susan R McGurk, PhD||617- firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator:||Susan R McGurk, PhD||Boston University|