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"Recovery 4 US" - A Photovoice-based Social Media Program (R4US)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03266614
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 30, 2017
Last Update Posted : November 30, 2018
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Zlatka Russinova, Boston University Charles River Campus

Brief Summary:
This study is a randomized trial evaluating "Recovery 4 US", a social media program aimed at the enhancement of community participation and overall recovery of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.This innovative e-mental health program integrates Internet and mobile technologies and is designed to be a self-sustaining recovery-oriented virtual community for individuals living with a disabling mental illness based on the principles of Photovoice.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Mental Illness Social Isolation Loneliness Behavioral: Recovery 4 Us Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

This study is a randomized trial evaluating "Recovery 4 US", a social media program aimed at the enhancement of community participation and overall recovery of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.This innovative e-mental health program integrates Internet and mobile technologies and is designed to be a self-sustaining recovery-oriented virtual community for individuals living with a disabling mental illness based on the principles of Photovoice.

The "Recovery 4 US" program which includes a mobile phone application and a password protected website, has three main components: 1) receipt of daily hope-inspiring message, paired with a corresponding visual image; 2) creation and viewing of recovery-oriented Photovoice works; and 3) opportunity to attend community events initiated by members of the "Recovery 4 US" community.

The benefits of the "Recovery 4 US" program will be evaluated through a randomized trial with n=60 participants. The study will take place at the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Participants will be randomized to the experimental group (provided with a smartphone and access to "Recovery 4 US" application and website) or the control group (provided with a smartphone but without access to the "Recovery 4 US" app or website). We anticipate participation in the program will be associated with reduced loneliness, increased hopefulness, community participation, and overall recovery.

The recruitment goal for this study was amended to n=70.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 68 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: "Recovery 4 US" - A Photovoice-based Social Media Program to Enhance the Recovery and Community Participation of Individuals With Psychiatric Disabilities
Actual Study Start Date : April 7, 2017
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 1, 2018
Actual Study Completion Date : July 1, 2018

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MedlinePlus related topics: Mental Disorders

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Recovery 4 US
This group receives a smartphone with the Recovery 4 US application and access to the application website.
Behavioral: Recovery 4 Us
R4US is a social media program aimed at the enhancement of community participation and overall recovery of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
Other Name: R4US

No Intervention: Services as usual
This group receives a smartphone but no access to the Recovery 4 US application.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. UCLA Loneliness Scale [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline to 3 months to 6 months ]
    A 20-item 4-point Likert-type scale, widely used measure of loneliness and social isolation with Cronbach's alpha coefficients ranging from .89 to .94


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Herth Hope Index [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline to 3 months to 6 months ]
    12 item 4-point Likert type scale measuring the level of generalized hopefulness of the individual; the reported Cronbach's alpha coefficient of internal consistency of the scale is .97

  2. Perceived Stress Scale [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline to 3 months to 6 months ]
    10-item 5-point Likert-type scale self-report measure of the level of stress experienced at a given point of time. It was designed to capture how unpredictable, uncontrollable and overloaded respondents find their lives based on their capacity to cope with stress. Reported internal consistency coefficients for the scale ranged between 0.90 and 0.92

  3. Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Community Participation [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline to 3 months to 6 months ]
    Consists of objective and subjective measures of community belonging, inclusion and participation

  4. Recovery Assessment Scale [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline to 3 months to 6 months ]
    24-item 5-point Likert rating scale assessing the level of overall recovery among people with psychiatric disabilities.

  5. BASIS-R [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline to 3 months to 6 months ]
    measures: mood disturbances, anxiety, interpersonal and role functioning, daily living skills, psychotic symptoms, impulsivity and substance use on a scale from no difficulty to extreme difficulty.



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • are 18 or older
  • have been recipients of services at the BU CPR Recovery Center due to having a DSM-V diagnosis of mental illness, including dual diagnosis (dual diagnosis refers to co-occurring mental illness and alcohol/ substance use disorder) as indicated in their records
  • are interested in participating in a social media program
  • are fluent in English
  • have a basic ability to use a mobile phone

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to give full and knowing consent

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03266614


Locations
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United States, Massachusetts
Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston University Charles River Campus
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Zlatka Russinova, PhD Boston University

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Responsible Party: Zlatka Russinova, Research Associate Professor, Boston University Charles River Campus
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03266614    
Other Study ID Numbers: 4458
First Posted: August 30, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 30, 2018
Last Verified: November 2018

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Zlatka Russinova, Boston University Charles River Campus:
Mental Illness
Loneliness
Hope
Community
Social Media
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Mental Disorders