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Randomized Controlled Trial of Adjunctive Social Media for More Effective Contraceptive Counseling

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. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01994005
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 25, 2013
Last Update Posted : November 25, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jason Kofinas MD, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE November 7, 2013
First Posted Date  ICMJE November 25, 2013
Last Update Posted Date November 25, 2013
Study Start Date  ICMJE October 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date February 2013   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: November 19, 2013)
Contraceptive knowledge score [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
Subjects will be tested using the contraceptive knowledge inventory survey, which is a validated 25 question survey of contraceptive knowledge. Pre scores will be obtained. Intervention will then be completed and the survey will be administered again with post scores recorded. The improvement and overall scores will be numerically measured (both raw score out of 25 points and percentage correct)
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Change History No Changes Posted
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: November 19, 2013)
Contraceptive Choice [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
This is a outcome based on subject preference for contraception. Pre intervention contraceptive use will be recorded. Typically no contraception, barrier methods, hormonal, long acting reversible contraception and sterilization/abstinence are the choices. Subjects post intervention will also be asked their contraceptive choice/preference and analysis will be run to see if our intervention influenced the contraceptive choice by subjects
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Randomized Controlled Trial of Adjunctive Social Media for More Effective Contraceptive Counseling
Official Title  ICMJE Randomized Controlled Trial of Adjunctive Social Media for More Effective Contraceptive Counseling
Brief Summary The scope of this project was to provide evidence that better contraceptive choices are made with more effective counseling as well as improvement in patients' contraceptive knowledge. Specifically we wanted to evaluate the use of social media as a means for effective patient counseling.
Detailed Description

This study was performed at an urban obstetrics/gynecology clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Institutional review board approval for this trial was obtained from the Weill Cornell Medical Center.

A total of 180 subjects, ages 18-45, were approached for enrollment into this study. Patients were eligible if they were scheduled for a new gynecologic visit, follow-up gynecologic visit, preconception counseling or post-partum visit. Patients who did not speak English or declined participation were ineligible as well as currently pregnant patients; 32 subjects were thus excluded. There were no exclusion criteria outside of age, language, currently pregnant status and willingness to participate. 148 patients met inclusion criteria and were randomized. 4 patients were excluded after randomization: 1 for not disclosing age, 3 for not completing the study (Figure 1). All patients provided written informed consent prior to randomization. Subjects in our population are a well-educated population. In a previous study conducted in the same clinic, 60% of women had some college education and another 29% had high school diploma or GED (unpublished data).

Randomization was achieved through an opaque envelope system. Equal numbers of opaque envelopes contained slips of paper with the number 1 or 2, signifying to the investigators the randomization group of each subject. Subjects were randomized to either standard counseling + pamphlet education (n= 74) or standard counseling + Facebook education (n=70). After randomization and prior to any intervention, a validated contraceptive knowledge survey (Contraceptive Knowledge Inventory, CKI)10 was administered to the subjects. The survey contained 25 questions specifically addressing general contraceptive knowledge and risks/benefits associated with different contraceptive methods. The subjects had unlimited time to complete the pre-intervention survey. Patients were also questioned about demographic information, including gravidity, marital status, age, and race/ethnicity, and their currently used contraceptive, including no contraceptive. A single provider then provided standardized counseling for all subjects involved in the study, which was conducted one-on-one. Standard counseling included discussion of barrier, hormonal, surgical and implantable/intrauterine devices. 15 minutes was allocated per patient for standard counseling in both groups. The goal of the standard counseling was to simulate a 15-minute in-office consultation specifically addressing contraception. Only American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) derived facts were used, and a transcript was followed by the single provider, who was an M.D., to guarantee uniformity. The ACOG pamphlets were chosen for content pertaining to the CKI. Once the pamphlets were chosen, the Facebook page was constructed to be identical in content to the ACOG pamphlets.

Depending on the randomization group, patients were given 30 minutes to review ACOG patient education pamphlets specifically addressing contraception, or to interact with a Facebook page created by the investigators using identical content but in video, diagram and game format. The pamphlets were accessed on the ACOG website under patient education ( Following the intervention phase of the project, the subjects were administered the CKI again to assess post-intervention knowledge. At the completion of the post-intervention CKI, subjects were questioned regarding their preference for contraception and satisfaction with their counseling method. Subject satisfaction was measured in a similar fashion as clinical pain control. A 1-10 scale was used with 5 being neutral (i.e. the subject did not feel the method improves or negatively effects their counseling). A score of less than 5 was dissatisfaction with the counseling method and a score of greater than 5 signified satisfaction. 10 was a perfect score and meant the subject felt the intervention provided a significant improvement in counseling method.

Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Not Applicable
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Condition  ICMJE Contraception
Intervention  ICMJE
  • Behavioral: Facebook
    Facebook page with contraception information used for counseling
  • Behavioral: Pamphlet
    Contraceptive knowledge pamphlets
Study Arms  ICMJE
  • Placebo Comparator: Standard + Pamphlet
    Subjects receiving standard counseling + ACOG pamphlets
    Intervention: Behavioral: Pamphlet
  • Active Comparator: Group 2: standard + facebook
    Subjects receiving standard counseling + facebook education Intervention is 30 mins of use of facebook page
    Intervention: Behavioral: Facebook
Publications * Kofinas JD, Varrey A, Sapra KJ, Kanj RV, Chervenak FA, Asfaw T. Adjunctive social media for more effective contraceptive counseling: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Apr;123(4):763-70. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000172. Erratum in: Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Aug;128(2):411.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Completed
Actual Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: November 19, 2013)
Original Actual Enrollment  ICMJE Same as current
Actual Study Completion Date  ICMJE February 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date February 2013   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18-45 years of age
  • English speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

  • <18 or >45 years old
  • Non-English speaking
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
Ages  ICMJE 18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE No
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE United States
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT01994005
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE 5327714500
ACOG/Bayer Healthcare ( Other Grant/Funding Number: ACOG/Bayer Health Care Pharmaceuticals )
Has Data Monitoring Committee Yes
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Responsible Party Jason Kofinas MD, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Study Sponsor  ICMJE New York Presbyterian Hospital
Collaborators  ICMJE Bayer
Investigators  ICMJE
Principal Investigator: Tirsit Asfaw, MD Weill Medical College of Cornell University
PRS Account New York Presbyterian Hospital
Verification Date November 2013

ICMJE     Data element required by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the World Health Organization ICTRP