Standard Versus Mnemonic Counseling for Fecal Incontinence (FIT)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 29, 2013
Last Update Posted : April 8, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sara Cichowski, University of New Mexico

Brief Summary:
This study compares standard versus mnemonic counseling for the treatment of fecal incontinence. A mnemonic is a word or rhyme used to aid memory. Our hypothesis is that women randomised to mnemonic counseling will higher recall of treatments, satisfaction with the physician visit and greater improvement in their quality of life when compared to women who received standard counseling.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Fecal Incontinence Counselling Patient Satisfaction Other: Type of Counselling (Mnemonic) Other: Standard Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 90 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Standard Versus Mnemonic Counseling for Fecal Incontinence: a Pilot Randomised Control Trial
Study Start Date : February 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : February 2014

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MedlinePlus related topics: Bowel Movement

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Standard Counselling
Patients in this arm are randomised to standard counselling.
Other: Standard
Experimental: Mnemonic Counselling
Patients in this arm are randomised to counselling with the aid of a mnemonic.
Other: Type of Counselling (Mnemonic)

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Recall [ Time Frame: We are measuring the difference in recall the day of the physician counseling and 2 months after physician counselling ]
    Patients will be asked to recall treatments recommended for fecal incontinence.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Questionare on the Quality of the Physician and Patient Interaction [ Time Frame: Patients will complete this questionnaire following the physician counseling on day 1 of enrollment. ]
  2. Modified Manchester [ Time Frame: We are comparing the score change from after the physician counselling on day 1 of enrollment and at 2 month follow-up. ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Diagnosed with fecal incontinence by on of the attending physicians
  • Bothersome fecal incontinence symptoms for at least 3 months
  • Able to give informed consent
  • Able to speak, read and comprehend English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Younger than 18 years
  • Fecal Incontinence <3 months
  • Unable to give informed consent
  • Unable to speak, read and comprehend English
  • Diagnosis of active colorectal or anal malignancy, inflammatory bowel disease, recto-vaginal fistula, and rectal prolapse

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01778660

United States, New Mexico
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, 87131
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of New Mexico
Principal Investigator: Sara Cichowski, M.D. University of New Mexico

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Sara Cichowski, Principal Investigator, University of New Mexico Identifier: NCT01778660     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CTSC-12-429
CTSTC025-3 ( Other Identifier: CTSC )
First Posted: January 29, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 8, 2014
Last Verified: January 2013

Keywords provided by Sara Cichowski, University of New Mexico:
Fecal Incontinence
Treatment options
Patient Satisfaction

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fecal Incontinence
Rectal Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases