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Direct Income SupporT and Advice Negating Spread of Epidemic COVID-19: a Randomized Controlled Trial (DISTANSE COVID)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04359264
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified July 2020 by Unity Health Toronto.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : April 24, 2020
Last Update Posted : July 7, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Unity Health Toronto

Brief Summary:
This is a clinical trial of a cash transfer on symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and adherence to physical distancing guidance.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
COVID-19 Other: Cash transfer Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 392 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Direct Income SupporT and Advice Negating Spread of Epidemic COVID-19: a Randomized Controlled Trial (DISTANSE COVID-19 RCT)
Actual Study Start Date : April 20, 2020
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 29, 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 30, 2020

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Cash transfer Other: Cash transfer
Cash transfer of $1000

No Intervention: Control

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Symptoms consisent with COVID-19 [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
    32-item Influenza Patient-reported Outcome (FLU-PRO) symptom score. Higher score is worse.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of close contacts [ Time Frame: Sum of contacts on days 5, 10 and 14 ]
  2. Number of participants with positive test for COVID-19 [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
  3. Self-reported health based on the single question: "In general, would you say your health is.." [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
  4. Ability to make ends meet based on the single question: "At the end of the month, are you able to make ends meet?" [ Time Frame: 14 days ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Health care utilization [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
  2. Food security [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
    Three-items (worry about food running out, food did not last, balanced meals)

  3. Cost-related medicine non-adherence [ Time Frame: 14 days ]
    Single item: "During the last two weeks, did you or any member of your household not take a medication, skip some doses, split pills or do anything else to make a medication last longer due to the cost?"

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • trouble "making ends meet at the end of the month" due to COVID-19 related disruptions

Exclusion Criteria:

  • confirmed positive for COVID-19 based on laboratory testing
  • current symptoms consistent with COVID-19

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04359264

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Canada, Ontario
Municipality of Assiginack Family Health Team
Assiginack, Ontario, Canada, P0P 1N0
St Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5B 1W8
Sponsors and Collaborators
Unity Health Toronto
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Unity Health Toronto
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04359264    
Other Study ID Numbers: 20-081
First Posted: April 24, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 7, 2020
Last Verified: July 2020
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
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Respiratory Tract Infections
Pneumonia, Viral
Virus Diseases
Coronavirus Infections
Coronaviridae Infections
Nidovirales Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases