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Mental Health Telemetry for Self-Management in Major Depression (MHTV)

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: NCT01999010
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 3, 2013
Last Update Posted : January 5, 2017
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE August 1, 2013
First Posted Date  ICMJE December 3, 2013
Last Update Posted Date January 5, 2017
Study Start Date  ICMJE November 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date April 2016   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: November 25, 2013)
Change in self-management ratings [ Time Frame: two months and four months ]
Self-management ratings using the three sub-scale scores (maintenance, management, and confidence) of the Sunnybrook Self-Management Scale - Depression (3S-D) instrument at the end of the Treatment-as-Usual phase (two months) as compared to the end of the active treatment phase (four months)
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Change History Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01999010 on Archive Site
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: November 25, 2013)
Change in Quality-of-life (QoL) ratings [ Time Frame: two months and four months ]
Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (QLESQ) scores at the end of the treatment-as-usual (two months) and active treatment (four months) phases. We will control for severity of mood symptoms (using mental health telemetry (MHT) composite depression scores) as a covariate of the magnitude of change in QoL outcomes because we expect that some, but not all, of the variance in QoL outcomes will be accounted for in particular by the severity of depression.
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures
 (submitted: November 25, 2013)
  • Retention Rates (Exploratory) [ Time Frame: Four months ]
    We will report the proportion and 95% confidence interval (CI) of users who opt to continue using MHT in the A' (user choice) phase
  • Utilization Rates (Exploratory) [ Time Frame: Six months ]
    We will report the mean number and 95% CI of times per patient (in the B and A' phases) that MHT data was (i) reported and (ii) visualized.
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Same as current
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Mental Health Telemetry for Self-Management in Major Depression
Official Title  ICMJE Mental Health Telemetry for Self-Management in Major Depression
Brief Summary

Mood journaling is a cornerstone of self-management in major depressive disorder (MDD). Research over the last decade has shown that electronic mood journals are superior to paper ones. One potential advantage of mental health telemetry (MHT), which use cell phones to collect mood journal data, is that electronic journal data can easily be converted into graphical records, allowing people living with MDD to readily spot trends, correlations, or patterns in ways that would be quite challenging using paper diaries. This information should make it easier to recognize and evaluate changes in mental health status -- the first two steps in the process of self-management. The investigators will develop and deploy a visualization module for patients with which to explore their own MHT data sets on the same cell phones which they record their journals, and test the investigators hypotheses that their enhanced MHT system will (i) improve patients' ability to self-manage MDD and (ii) enhance their quality-of-life.

The study is a non-randomized, un-blinded, A-B-A' (modified single-subject withdrawal design, with user choice of treatment or withdrawal in the A' stage) study, to explore the utility of MHT as a tool for enhancing self-management and QoL for persons living with MDD. The aims of this study are to explore the impact of MHT on subjects' self-management and QoL, and to gauge participants' perceptions of MHT's utility.

Detailed Description Not Provided
Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Not Applicable
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE Major Depressive Disorder
Intervention  ICMJE Device: MHT
MHT and visualizer contains mood information about the patient themselves, which allows for self management of the mood disorder. Self-management interventions promote early recognition of mood episodes, medication adherence and self-management skills which have shown to improve outcomes in depression. MHT encourages patients to take an active role by engaging in mood journaling, while making this information available in explorable form to the patient and his / her team of clinicians.
Study Arms  ICMJE
  • No Intervention: Treatment as usual ("A" Stage)
    The treatment as usual (TAU) group will continue to receive their usual treatment from their current treatment team - i.e. MHT will not be introduced during this phase.
  • Experimental: MHT ("B" Stage)
    Patients will be given software for Mental Health Telemetry (MHT), which allows them to record symptom intensity, hospital / ER visits, life events, etc., and to visualize their MHT data. Patients will be encouraged to make MHT entries once daily at a pre-determined time while in this arm, and will be prompted via text message by the MHT software to do so.
    Intervention: Device: MHT
  • Experimental: Choice ("A' " Stage)
    Patients exiting the MHT arm will be given the choice to continue with MHT for a further two months or whether to resume TAU (i.e., no further use of MHT) for the remaining two months.
    Intervention: Device: MHT
Publications * Not Provided

*   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: January 4, 2017)
Original Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: November 25, 2013)
Actual Study Completion Date  ICMJE April 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date April 2016   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

We will recruit (n=113) patients with a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th Ed. (DSM-IV) diagnosis of MDD, confirmed using the MDD section of the M.I.N.I. International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) version 5.0. All recruits will own or use a web-enabled cell phone.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • self-disclosed illiteracy;
  • blindness;
  • inability to be successfully trained in the use of MHT
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 14 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE No
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE Canada
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT01999010
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE 186-2013
Has Data Monitoring Committee No
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Responsible Party Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Study Sponsor  ICMJE Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Collaborators  ICMJE Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Investigators  ICMJE
Principal Investigator: David M Kreindler, MD Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
PRS Account Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Verification Date November 2016

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