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Jointstrong Intervention for Juvenile Arthritis

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: NCT01166750
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 21, 2010
Results First Posted : May 31, 2013
Last Update Posted : May 31, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Michael Rapoff, Ph.D., University of Kansas Medical Center

Brief Summary:
This study is a randomized wait-list controlled trial with repeated measures. There will be two groups: (1) standard medical care (wait-list control), and (2) standard medical care plus the adjunctive Jointstrong pain coping skills CD-ROM program (treatment). The study will have four phases: Pre-intervention Baseline (2 weeks); Intervention (4 weeks); immediate post-intervention follow up (2 weeks); and 12-week post-intervention follow up (2 weeks). The purpose of this study is to determine if using a CD-ROM program for juvenile arthritis can help children learn how to improve their symptoms on their own and reduce the frequency of symptoms.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Juvenile Arthritis Behavioral: CD-ROM Behavioral: Wait-list Control Group Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

If your child is eligible and decides to participate in this study, this participation will last approximately eight weeks. Please refer to the table at the end of this consent form.

Your child's participation in this study will involve the completion of daily questionnaires during a one-week baseline period and a one-week follow-up period. These questionnaires will contain various questions about your child's arthritis and his/her ability to do various activities. The questionnaires will take approximately 15-30 minutes each week to complete.

Your child will be randomly assigned to complete one of two CD-ROM programs. One of the CD-ROM programs is a "control" program that contains educational information about arthritis and medical treatments and the other is the "treatment" program and contains the same educational information as the control program plus information on behavioral strategies for controlling symptoms of arthritis. Your child's participation in this study will involve working through one of these CD-ROM programs over a one-month period. Your child will also continue to receive medical treatment from the rheumatologist treating your child for arthritis. The CD-ROM programs involve working through developmentally appropriate lessons on the nature of arthritis and how to treat it. The CD-ROM programs are divided into weekly "modules" and are designed to be completed within four weeks. Lessons take an average of 15 minutes to complete (plus "homework"), and there is an average of 4 lessons to complete each week.

Your participation in this study will involve the completion of questionnaires and helping your child understand any parts of the study that he or she does not understand.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 35 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Jointstrong Intervention for Juvenile Arthritis
Study Start Date : April 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2011

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: CD-ROM-treatment Behavioral: CD-ROM
Treatment Group will continue to follow their treating rheumatologist's recommendations and prescriptions. The program will contain information on the multiple components of pain (the "pain puzzle") as a treatment rationale and will then teach children to use cognitive-behavioral techniques for pain management. The information will be presented via visual displays, narration, and interactive menus. Children will be able to navigate through the different lessons at their own pace and will be required to take simple quizzes to assess their learning. Various passwords and homework assignments are embedded within the program to ensure that children are going through the material.

Active Comparator: Wait-list Control Group Behavioral: Wait-list Control Group
Children in the control group will continue to follow recommendations and prescriptions by their treating rheumatologist. After an 8-week wait-list control condition that involves measurement phases identical to those of the Jointstrong Treatment Group but no Jointstrong treatment, the children in the control group will enter the Jointstrong program and will then have the same immediate post-treatment measures that the Treatment Group received. The Control Group will not, however, have the Treatment Group's 12-week follow-up phase.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pain [ Time Frame: weekly for 12 weeks ]
    Pain intensity on a 0 to 10 visual analog scale with 0 being no pain and 10 being worst possible pain.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Mood and Stress [ Time Frame: weekly for 12 weeks ]
  2. Quality of Life [ Time Frame: weekly for 12 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria. Patients recruited for this study will meet the following inclusion criteria: (a) are 8-12 years of age; (b) have a diagnosis of JA by a pediatric rheumatologist using established criteria, and (c) have JA-related (joint) pain occurring on an average of at least once per week by patient report [9]. Participants in the age range 8-12 years will be recruited because the intervention will be tailored to children (future studies will involve creating and testing a version of Jointstrong for adolescents). Although access to a home computer with a CD-ROM drive is required for the study, this will not be an inclusion criterion, and we expect the lack of access will be rare, as our pilot data on 37 children with headaches found that only 2% (1 child) did not have adequate home computer access [15]. So as not to exclude the few children without access who otherwise qualify for the study, we will lend laptop computers to these children. All children meeting symptom inclusion criteria will therefore be able to use the adjunctive CD-ROM programs in a home setting.

Exclusion Criteria. Patients will be excluded from the study if (a) their parents or rheumatologist report they have been diagnosed with a mental health condition or they are receiving concurrent psychotherapy; or (b) their 14-day baseline pain diaries indicate they have pain, on average, less than one day per week; or (c) they do not speak English.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01166750

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United States, Kansas
University Of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas, United States, 66160
Sponsors and Collaborators
Michael Rapoff, Ph.D.
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Principal Investigator: Michael Rapoff, Ph D University of Kansas Medical Center
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Responsible Party: Michael Rapoff, Ph.D., Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center Identifier: NCT01166750    
Other Study ID Numbers: 11154
First Posted: July 21, 2010    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: May 31, 2013
Last Update Posted: May 31, 2013
Last Verified: May 2013
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Arthritis, Juvenile
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases