Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT)
This study will determine whether glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and/or the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are more effective than placebo and whether the combination is more effective than glucosamine or chondroitin sulfate alone in the treatment of knee pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee after six months of follow-up. These substances, marketed in the United States as dietary supplements, have been widely touted by the lay press and by anecdotal personal experience as effective in treating OA. To date, however, only a few small studies have been published in the worldwide literature. The study proposed herein has been carefully constructed to definitively determine the efficacy of these agents.
Drug: chondroitin sulfate
Drug: glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate combined
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT)|
|Study Start Date:||April 2000|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||February 2004|
This study is a 24 week, placebo-controlled, parallel, double-blind, five-arm trial. The randomized treatment assignment will be stratified by participating study center and baseline pain score (mild, moderate to severe). In order to establish that the study is able to detect significant treatment effects for glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and the combination of the two, celecoxib, already established to be effective, will also be compared to placebo. Patients will receive a rescue analgesic medication, acetaminophen, which they will be allowed to take for severe pain throughout the trial but not within 24 hours prior to a study visit.
The visits include a screening visit (Visit 1.0), randomization visit (Visit 2.0), and follow-up visits at 4 weeks (Visit 3.0), 8 weeks (Visit 4.0), and 16 weeks (Visit 5.0) and a completion visit at 24 weeks (Visit 6.0) after randomization or at any time patients discontinue the study drug or withdraw from the study. All patients require an X-ray to document the presence of their disease and all patients must have clinical and X-ray evidence of OA. X-rays are read at the individual sites and then forwarded to a central radiology center for confirmatory readings.
Patient evaluations consist of; 1) the Western Ontario and MacMaster (WOMAC) osteoarthritis index, 2) patient and investigator global evaluations of disease status and response to study medication, 3) evaluation of the index knee for swelling and tenderness, 4) SF-36, 5) the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ), 6) Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), 7) clinical evaluation for adverse reactions and 8) reconciliation of study medications and rescue analgesia use.
The percentage of treatment responders is the primary outcome measure. A patient will be classified as a treatment responder if there is a 20% reduction from baseline to the end of follow-up in the WOMAC pain subscale.
Following the method by which the sample size target was derived, the analysis to address the primary hypotheses will involve 3 primary comparisons 1) glucosamine vs. placebo, 2) chondroitin vs. placebo, and 3) glucosamine + chondroitin vs. placebo. A side comparison will also be done between celecoxib and placebo. Each comparison will be done using Fisher's Exact Test, with a two-sided alpha of 0.0125.
GAIT Ancillary Study
Patients recruited at selected sites will be extended the opportunity to participate in a trial that administers blinded study agents for a total of 24 months. This study is a preliminary evaluation of whether glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and/or the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are more effective than placebo and whether the combination is more effective than glucosamine or chondroitin sulfate alone in altering radiographic progression in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee after two years of follow-up.
Expected Total Enrollment: 791
(*Indicates centers participating in the ancillary study, sites listed below)
Study start: April 2000; Study completion: March 2006
The primary analysis will be based on all patients with baseline and follow-up xrays, including those who withdraw from treatment. Inclusion of all patients with baseline and follow-up data will reduce the degree to which differential effectiveness biases the treatment comparisons. A second analysis will be based on all patients who remain on treatment.
Following the method by which the sample size target was derived, the analysis to address the primary hypotheses will involve 3 primary comparisons 1) glucosamine vs. placebo, 2) chondroitin vs. placebo, and 3) glucosamine + chondroitin vs. placebo. A side comparison will also be done between celecoxib and placebo. Each comparison will be done using the t-test for 2 independent samples, with a two-sided alpha of 0.0125.
The primary outcome measure is the change in joint space width between baseline and two years of follow-up as defined by the Buckland-Wright MTP protocol.
To evaluate long-term efficacy of the treatments, the two-year treatment response rate (defined as a 20% reduction from baseline in the WOMAC pain score) will be calculated. Paralleling the main study protocol, Fisher's exact test will be used to compare each active treatment arm to placebo.
Mixed-model analysis of variance using generalized estimating equations will be used to compare the % of treatment responders over time across treatment groups. Treatment of missing data will follow that discussed previously for the mixed-model analysis of change in JSW.
Safety will be evaluated by comparing the percentage of people withdrawing from study medications due to adverse events during the two-year follow-up period using Fisher's exact test. Time to withdrawal due to an adverse event will be evaluated using Kaplan-Meier life table estimates and comparison of treatment groups will use the log-rank test.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00032890
|United States, Alabama|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham|
|Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294-7201|
|United States, Arizona|
|*University of Arizona Arthritis Center|
|Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85724|
|United States, California|
|*Cedars-Sinai Medical Center|
|Los Angeles, California, United States, 90048|
|*University of California, Los Angeles|
|Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095|
|*University of California San Francisco|
|San Francisco, California, United States, 94110|
|United States, Illinois|
|Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611|
|United States, Indiana|
|*Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46202-5103|
|United States, Kansas|
|*Arthritis Research and Clinical Centers|
|Wichita, Kansas, United States, 67214|
|United States, Nebraska|
|University of Nebraska Medical Center|
|Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 68198-3025|
|United States, New York|
|Hospital for Joint Diseases|
|New York, New York, United States, 10003|
|United States, Ohio|
|*Case Western Reserve University|
|Beachwood, Ohio, United States, 44122|
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|University of Pennsylvania|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104|
|*University of Pittsburgh|
|Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213|
|United States, Texas|
|Arthritis Consultation Center|
|Dallas, Texas, United States, 75231-4496|
|United States, Utah|
|*University of Utah|
|Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84132|
|United States, Washington|
|Virginia Mason Research Center|
|Seattle, Washington, United States, 98101|