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Pilot Text Message for Influenza Vaccination

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: NCT01761734
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 7, 2013
Last Update Posted : June 24, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, Columbia University

Brief Summary:
Influenza is an important and potentially preventable cause of morbidity and mortality, yet only 46% of U.S. adults were vaccinated by the end of the 2011-12 influenza season despite influenza vaccination being widely recommended, effective, and safe. Influenza vaccination rates are even lower in racial/ethnic minority groups. In order to address the problem of low influenza vaccination rates in minority adults, we plan to build on the well-accepted practice of immunization recall-reminders and the emerging practice of using text message to pilot the feasibility of using text messaging to improve influenza vaccination coverage rates in a low health literacy, largely minority, publicly insured adult population.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Influenza Behavioral: text message Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 1000 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Pilot Study of Text Message Reminders for Flu Vaccine For Adults
Study Start Date : January 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2013

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MedlinePlus related topics: Flu Flu Shot

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: text message
receipt of text message
Behavioral: text message
No Intervention: usual care
usual care

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Receipt of an influenza vaccine dose [ Time Frame: March 31, 2013 ]
    Proportion of individuals in each group receiving an influenza dose by the end of the influenza season

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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:

  • > or = 18 years of age,
  • at least one visit to the AIM clinic during the previous year
  • a cell phone number in the registration system
  • fluent in English or Spanish. Exclusion criteria

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Receipt of influenza vaccination during the 2012-2013 influenza season prior to randomization.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01761734

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United States, New York
Columbia University
New York, New York, United States, 10032
Sponsors and Collaborators
Columbia University
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Principal Investigator: Melissa Stockwell, MD MPH Columbia University
Principal Investigator: Steven Shea, MD MS Columbia University
Principal Investigator: Jessica Singer, MD MPH Columbia University
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Responsible Party: Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health, Columbia University Identifier: NCT01761734    
Other Study ID Numbers: AAAK5058
First Posted: January 7, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 24, 2014
Last Verified: June 2014
Keywords provided by Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, Columbia University:
Influenza vaccination
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Influenza, Human
Orthomyxoviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Respiratory Tract Diseases