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RAHelp.Org: An Online Self Management Program for Adults With Rheumatoid 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: NCT00283855
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 30, 2006
Last Update Posted : September 30, 2016
U.S. Department of Education
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Missouri-Columbia

Brief Summary:
The objective of this study is to determine the effects of an arthritis self-management program and an online support community delivered via an encrypted, secure web site on psychological well-being, pain, quality of life, global health status, and social supporting in adults with RA.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Rheumatoid Arthritis Behavioral: Online Self-Management Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. More than 7 million persons in this country report limitations in their daily activities due to arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis alone affects 1 of every 100 persons in the US. Clinic-based self-management programs have been found to be effective in reducing both pain and disability for persons with RA. However, barriers to participation exist such as distance, time, limited transportation, and declining functional status. The Internet is widely used as a source of information about health issues and may provide an opportunity to reduce these barriers and extend consumer access to self-management approaches. It is necessary to determine the efficacy of Internet-delivered self-management programs.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: An Online Self Management Program for Adults With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Study Start Date : October 2003
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2008

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Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Control Group
No intervention
Active Comparator: Online Self-Management
Behavioral: Online Self-Management
Online Self-Management

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 mos., 6 mos., 9 mos., 12 mos. ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Arthritis Self-Efficacy Scale [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 mos., 6 mos., 9 mos., 12 mos ]
  2. Rapid Assessment of Disease Activity in Rheumatology [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 mos., 6 mos., 9 mos., 12 mos ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Social Provisions Scale [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 mos., 6 mos., 9 mos., 12 mos ]
  2. 21-point Box Scale (a pain measure) [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 mos., 6 mos., 9 mos., 12 mos ]
  3. UCLA Loneliness Scale [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 mos., 6 mos., 9 mos., 12 mos ]
  4. Center for Epidemiological Studies - Depression Scale [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 mos., 6 mos., 9 mos., 12 mos ]
  5. Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 mos., 6 mos., 9 mos., 12 mos ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 or more years of age
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosed by a rheumatologist
  • Stable medication regimen for 3 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous exposure to arthritis self-management programs
  • Uncontrolled psychiatric comorbidity
  • Uncontrolled medical comorbidity (e.g. active cancer)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00283855

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United States, Missouri
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, Missouri, United States, 65212
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Missouri-Columbia
U.S. Department of Education
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Principal Investigator: Karen L Smarr, Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia
Smarr K; Musser D; Donovan Hanson K; Laffey J; Johnson R; Siva C; Parker J. Development of an online self-management intervention for persons with rheumatoid arthritis: The project. Arthritis Rheum 2005 Sep;52(9):S718

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: University of Missouri-Columbia Identifier: NCT00283855    
Other Study ID Numbers: H133B031120-Proj 1
First Posted: January 30, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 30, 2016
Last Verified: September 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by University of Missouri-Columbia:
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases