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Remote Tracking of Epilepsy Patients

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(not funded)
San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
John Hixson, University of California, San Francisco Identifier:
First received: May 24, 2010
Last updated: May 1, 2017
Last verified: May 2017
The investigators propose a novel method for tracking the seizure frequency, side effect burden, and medication compliance for patients with epilepsy. The investigators intend to utilize a table-top device currently for tracking other chronic disease to collect remote data from epilepsy patients. The hypothesis is that the use of this device will lead to better longterm treatment outcomes than the standard outpatient mechanism of following patients longitudinally.

Condition Intervention
Epilepsy Device: HealthBuddy

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Other
Time Perspective: Other
Official Title: Pilot Study of Real-time Automated Tracking System for Patients With Epilepsy

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Further study details as provided by John Hixson, University of California, San Francisco:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Seizure frequency per month [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Assessment of seizure count accuracy by assessing total number of seizures reported per month

  • Medication compliance [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Assessment of compliance with taking medications at regularly scheduled intervals

  • Quality of life [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Quality of Life in Epilepsy inventory, to assess for overall change in quality of life measures

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: July 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Epilepsy patients, electronic diary
Cohort of epilepsy patient using an electronic diary system to record all seizures, side effects, and medication compliance
Device: HealthBuddy
Noninvasive device for remotely reporting health information. The device does nothing to change the health of the patient, but transmits health data that is entered by the patient directly to the physician's office. Patients will enter data on seizure frequency, medication compliance, and side effects.
Other Name: Healthbuddy is a product of Bosch Healthcare, and is already utilized in many medical institutions around the country, including the VA Health System.
Epilpesy patient, no electronic diary
Group of epilepsy patients who are followed using the standard of care, which is a paper diary and routine outpatient follow up visits


Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Months to 65 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients will be recruited from the UCSF and VAMC Outpatient Epilepsy Centers. All study participants must have a confirmed diagnosis of epilepsy (defined by two or more unprovoked seizures) for at least 6 months.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Eligible participants must have a definitive diagnosis of epilepsy for at least 6 months, based on the clinical judgement of the investigators. Epilepsy is defined by two or more unprovoked seizures. Clinical history, electroencephalography, and imaging data are all instrumental in rendering a formal decision. The seizure type, frequency, or severity are not criteria for exclusion, although this information will be recorded.

Patient can range in age from birth to 65 years old; in cases of child participants, the parents are responsible for data reporting.

  • Patients must have a seizure frequency of at least two seizures in a 6 month period of time.
  • Patients must be on at least one anti-epileptic medication.
  • Patients and/or legal guardian must be able to report seizure frequency with either a paper or electronic diary.
  • Patients and/or legal guardians must be able to read and understand either English or Spanish.
  • Patients and/or legal guardians must be able to complete questionnaires and provide informed consent to this study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Exclusion criteria include: a diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures; severe depression, anxiety, or psychosis
  • Recent problem with substance abuse.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01130649

United States, California
Univ of California San Fran
San Francisco, California, United States, 94143
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Principal Investigator: John Hixson, MD University of California, San Francisco
  More Information

Responsible Party: John Hixson, Associate Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco Identifier: NCT01130649     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Epitrack
Study First Received: May 24, 2010
Last Updated: May 1, 2017

Keywords provided by John Hixson, University of California, San Francisco:
Electronic diary

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on August 23, 2017