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Effectiveness of a Telephone Intervention Program in Improving Depression, Coping, and Family Functioning in HIV-Infected Individuals and Caregivers

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by:
Butler Hospital Identifier:
First received: September 14, 2005
Last updated: August 20, 2013
Last verified: August 2013
This study will evaluate the effectiveness of the Family Intervention: Telephone Tracking (FITT) program in improving depression, coping, and family functioning in HIV-infected individuals and their caregivers.

Condition Intervention Phase
HIV Infections
Behavioral: FITT: Family Intervention - Telephone Tracking
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Adapting to HIV Disease - A Family Intervention

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Further study details as provided by Butler Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Decreased depression; measured at baseline, and Months 3, 6, and 12
  • Improved coping; measured at baseline, and Months 3, 6, and 12
  • Improved family functioning; measured at baseline, and Months 3, 6, and 12

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Efficacy of FITT intervention; measured at baseline, and Months 3, 6, and 12

Estimated Enrollment: 270
Study Start Date: September 2000
Study Completion Date: June 2004
Detailed Description:

Individuals who are newly diagnosed with HIV often experience a variety of social and psychological problems, which can leave them depressed and unable to cope with their disease. The complex financial, legal, and psychiatric issues that many HIV-infected individuals must face can be stressful and can negatively affect their health; they may miss doctors' appointments or fail to adhere to a strict HIV medication regimen. The combination of stress and inconsistent medical care can affect the immune system and potentially worsen HIV symptoms.

Because of the multitude of stressors associated with HIV, HIV-infected individuals often rely on a network of family and friends for support; these caregivers, however, are often overwhelmed by their caregiver roles. They may experience helplessness, fear, and depression as a result of their added responsibilities. Family Intervention: Telephone Tracking (FITT) is a telephone-based intervention program that assists in identifying problems and resolving them through referrals to medical and community organizations that provide HIV-related support and services. It is also an educational resource that provides information on the many medical and psychological aspects of HIV infection. The main goal of FITT is to alleviate stress in both the HIV-infected individual and their support network by providing information and resources to help cope with HIV. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of FITT in improving family functioning, enhancing coping skills, and reducing depression in HIV-infected individuals and their caregivers.

This 12-month study will enroll recently diagnosed HIV-infected individuals and one family member or friend who is identified as their primary caregiver. Each pair will be randomly assigned to either the FITT intervention group or to an assessment-only group that will not receive FITT. Individuals who are assigned to receive FITT will utilize the service for Months 1 through 6. HIV-infected participants in both groups will also receive regular medical care throughout the study. Outcome measurements will include self-assessments of depression, coping, and family functioning. In addition, participants receiving FITT will be asked to evaluate the effectiveness of the telephone intervention. All measurements will be assessed at baseline, and Months 3, 6, and 12.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Recently began HIV care
  • Currently undergoing HIV care in one of the BRUNAP clinics
  • Ability to co-enroll with a primary HIV informal caregiver
  • English- or Spanish-speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Lacks regular access to a telephone to receive calls
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00183781

United States, Rhode Island
Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02903
Sponsors and Collaborators
Butler Hospital
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Michael Stein, MD Rhode Island Hospital
Study Director: Penelope Dennehy, MD Rhode Island Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Michael Stein, M.D./Principal Investigator, RI Hospital Identifier: NCT00183781     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH063051 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: September 14, 2005
Last Updated: August 20, 2013

Keywords provided by Butler Hospital:
Telephone intervention

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases processed this record on April 25, 2017