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Old SCHOOL Hip-Hop: Improve Alzheimer's Disease Knowledge

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03284112
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : September 15, 2017
Last Update Posted : February 1, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
James Noble, Columbia University

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the knowledge of parents and children with respect to dementia symptoms, risk factors, and response before and after an interactive dementia education program that uses music and dance to enhance a health education curriculum at 1-week and 3-months after the intervention.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Dementia Behavioral: Old SCHOOL Hip-Hop Behavioral: My Plate Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Public awareness of Cardinal Alzheimer's disease (AD) symptoms remains low. Adults often underestimate personal dementia risk; minority populations are more likely to have low dementia literacy and be unaware of it. Cultural dementia belief in minority groups are complex and pose barriers to diagnosis, with dementia symptoms being considered a part of normal aging, or that discussion may be taboo even when recognized. A key barrier to timely AD diagnosis in African Americans is delayed physician contact, often years-long, following the onset of first symptoms. Despite studies demonstrating that dementia concepts first develop in elementary school periods, apart from our work, no dementia awareness programs focus on children. This intervention therefore addresses a major gap regarding optimal approaches for shifting cultural perceptions of dementia in low-income minority populations and reducing barriers to its timely diagnosis.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 6000 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Old SCHOOL Hip-Hop: A Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Alzheimer's Disease Knowledge
Actual Study Start Date : September 18, 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 2022
Estimated Study Completion Date : July 2022

Arm Intervention/treatment
Placebo Comparator: Control
School population without the Old SCHOOL Hip-Hop program, but with the My Plate program.
Behavioral: My Plate
The program selected for the control arm, "My Plate," will address nutrition, physical activity, and obesity education. This program was selected because nutrition, physical activity, and wellness programs are now being incorporated into New York City public school curriculums as part of a legislative directive. Trained facilitators will conduct "My Plate" as an entry point for the USDA's My Plate nutrition program. Students will learn about My Plate across the 3-day one-hour-a-day program.
Other Name: My Plate nutrition program

Experimental: Intervention
School population with the Old SCHOOL Hip-Hop program.
Behavioral: Old SCHOOL Hip-Hop
A school-based intervention called "Old S.C.H.O.O.L. Hip-Hop" (OSHH) or Seniors Can Have Optimal aging and Ongoing Longevity, to educate 4th and 5th grade students (ages 9-11y) about key dementia signs and symptoms, basic pathophysiology of Alzheimer disease, and the importance of early recognition, care-seeking behavior, and preventative measures (lifelong healthy lifestyle decisions). The intervention is delivered in a classroom or school auditorium setting, using an innovative, modular, multimedia program and home-based activities, to increase parental and family dementia literacy.
Other Name: OSHH Program

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in Dementia Symptom and Response Knowledge Assessment Score [ Time Frame: Baseline, 1 week, 3 months ]
    An instrument with multiple choice questions to assess knowledge of recognition of 6 key signs/symptoms and ability to formulate the correct action plan in response to recognizing dementia.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   9 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 4th and 5th-grade children (ages 9-11y) and their parents (age > 20 years).
  • Selected New York City public schools with similar socio-demographic composition.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Schools have already received pilot OSHH and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programming.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03284112

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Contact: James Noble, MD 212-342-4126

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United States, New York
Columbia University Medical Center Recruiting
New York, New York, United States, 10032
Contact: James Noble, MD    212-342-4126   
Principal Investigator: James Noble, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Columbia University
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Principal Investigator: James Noble, MD Assistant Professor of Neurology

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Responsible Party: James Noble, Assistant Professor of Neurology (in the Taub Institute and the Sergievsky Center) at the Columbia University Medical Center, Dept Neur Aging & Dementia, Columbia University Identifier: NCT03284112     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AAAR5473
First Posted: September 15, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 1, 2019
Last Verified: January 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

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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 James Noble, Columbia University:
Dementia, Schools, Nutrition, Health
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Alzheimer Disease
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders