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Evaluating Rewards-Based Adherence and Electronic Medication Monitoring in HIV-Positive Adolescents

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Identifier:
First received: May 6, 2013
Last updated: December 12, 2013
Last verified: December 2013
The primary objective of this project is to assess the study population's acceptance of two medication adherence support strategies: incentive-based programs and electronic medication monitoring. The study population is adolescents (ages 16 - 24) positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) currently undergoing treatment with antiretrovirals at St. Jude's HIV clinic. Participation in the study will involve completion of a survey: an Audio Computer Assisted Self Interview (ACASI). The duration of the survey is anticipated to be 10-20 minutes. Patient identifiers will not be attached the survey.

Condition Intervention
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Other: Questionnaire

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Incentives and Technology Survey 2013: Evaluation of Acceptance of Incentive-Based Adherence Programs and Electronic Medication Monitoring Among HIV-Positive Adolescents

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Further study details as provided by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Reported perceptions about incentive-based adherence programs and electronic medication monitoring [ Time Frame: Once, at enrollment ]
    Participants will complete a survey/questionnaire on the computer describing their disease state, the frequency and amount of medication taken daily, and how well they comply with taking their medications and attending their clinic appointments. They will also note their perceptions about how incentive-based adherence programs and electronic medication monitoring. Descriptive statistics will be prepared from survey results.

Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: June 2013
Study Completion Date: December 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Study Population
Participants must meet the eligibility requirements will complete a questionnaire on the computer.
Other: Questionnaire
Participants who consent to participate in this study will complete a short questionnaire. The survey will be completely anonymous (not matched with the participant's name). Estimated time to complete the survey is 10-20 minutes.
Other Name: Survey

Detailed Description:
Whether or not patients take their medications is one of the most noticeable and important predictors of treatment success or failure for HIV infection. Ways to improve compliance, specifically rewards-based programs and electronic medication monitoring, have shown some success in limited clinical research studies focused on adult subjects. Because the social and developmental factors in adolescents are different from adults, adolescents may not respond to these interventions in the same way as adults. This study will investigate adolescent acceptance and the effectiveness of these programs.

Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 24 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
HIV-positive adolescents between the ages of 16 and 24 years who are currently undergoing treatment with antiretrovirals at St. Jude's HIV clinic.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • HIV positive
  • Ages 16-24 years.
  • Participants must understand written or spoken English, because the ACASI used in the study can only be administered in English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Adolescents with a documented diagnosis of mental retardation or a significant motor or sensory impairment that would preclude participation in the study survey.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01849393

United States, Tennessee
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee, United States, 38105
Sponsors and Collaborators
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Principal Investigator: Mary Westfall, MD St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Identifier: NCT01849393     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: INTECH
Study First Received: May 6, 2013
Last Updated: December 12, 2013

Keywords provided by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:
Medication Compliance
Rewards-Based Incentive Programs

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV Infections
Immune System Diseases
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Slow Virus Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017