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Disability Severity Scale (DSI) and Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy Overall Disability Scale (HMSN-R-ODS) (DSI and HMSN)

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: NCT02194010
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 18, 2014
Last Update Posted : February 7, 2019
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association
Muscular Dystrophy Association
University of Rochester
University of South Florida
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Michael Shy, University of Iowa

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this research study is to create and validate two patient reported outcome (PRO) questionnaires. PRO questionnaires ask questions that help to measure disability in patients with inherited neuropathies. These questionnaires ask questions about what participants think disability is for themselves or others with inherited neuropathies. These questionnaires are a useful tool when evaluating whether treatments are working in the day to day life of an individual, although there are currently no questionnaires available specifically for people who have Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT).

Condition or disease
Charcot Marie Tooth Disease Inherited Peripheral Neuropathy

Detailed Description:

Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT) is a group of disorders that cause a peripheral neuropathy, impairing the long nerves that go to the feet and hands. Due to the problems with the peripheral nerves, people with CMT have muscle weakness and sensory loss that impairs their physical abilities. CMT affects approximately 1 in 2500 people and is caused my mutations in over 70 different genes. Models exist for many sub-types of CMT that have led to an increased understanding of the biological basis for these disorders. These advances have also made rational therapies for CMT a realistic possibility. However, clinical trials have been limited in CMT by a combination of lack of natural history data for many subtypes, a lack of outcome measures that can detect change in a short period for slowly progressive forms of CMT, and a lack of outcome measures for young children with CMT.

In order to develop treatments based on the biological advances in the inherited neuropathies, it is necessary to have measured the natural history of the various disorders. It is only by knowing the natural history that one understands the onset of clinical symptoms, the rate of progression, and the ultimate prognosis of these diseases. For these reasons, the INC has dedicated much of its effort to develop sensitive outcome instruments, including PRO tools, to measure the natural history of CMT. It is the investigators goal to establish such an instrument for overall impairment for use in both natural history analysis and clinical trials. To develop and validate this instrument, the investigators will be asking people who have CMT to complete two questionnaires, the DSI and the HMSN-R-ODS. These relate to overall symptom impairment due to CMT. These instruments may be used to help us understand the overall progression of CMT and will ultimately help with clinical trials when they are available for the various forms of CMT.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 563 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Disability Severity Scale (DSI) and Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy Overall Disability Scale (HMSN-R-ODS)
Study Start Date : April 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : February 2019

Participants evaluated at INC sites
Participants being evaluated at the INC sites will participate in both the DSI and HMSN-R-ODS by completing these PROs during their visit.
INC Contact Registry
INC Contact Registry completes the HMSN-R-ODS on web

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Disability Severity Index [ Time Frame: Approximately 30 minutes ]
    The DSI asks the subject to provide information about how disability is reflected in general by equipment required for mobility. Therefore, the DSI asks the subject if a person in general was wearing AFOs (braces) for mobility, what level of disability would that reflect using both a quantitative measurement of score and a verbal method of scoring (none, mild, moderate, severe). These questions do not apply to the participant themselves, just in general how disabled they believe a person to be based on the mobility assistive devices that that person requires. Then a research team member will complete the last page which specifically asks about what that subject is using for mobility.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy Overall Disability Scale (HMSN-R-ODS) [ Time Frame: Approximately 30 minutes ]
    The HMSN-R-ODS is a functional score about the subject asking about their daily activities and overall health. Questions are grouped in various sections and include: Changing and holding body positions; walking and movement; movement by transport; carrying, moving, or handling objects; self-care; household activities and duties; taking care (daily tasks) - general; meeting other people; work, study, and hobbies. These questions relate specifically to the subject and ask how they can perform these various activities with little to severe difficulty.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Participants enrolled in INC protocol 6601 and being seen at a participating site for an evaluation of CMT will be asked if they would like to participate in this protocol. The individuals being recruited will have already signed consent forms and be enrolled in 6601. They will be informed that it is completely voluntary to participate in this protocol, and they can still be enrolled in INC 6601 without participating in this project.

Alternative participants who are registered with our INC Patient Registry will be alerted to the form through an email and asked to participate due to their diagnosis of suspected diagnosis of CMT.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • individual has an inherited peripheral neuropathy or is suspected to have an inherited peripheral neuropathy
  • individual is 10-99 years of age
  • individual signs consent or assent form depending on age and requirements
  • individual is participating in INC 6601 at one of the participating sites OR is a participant on the INC Patient Registry

Exclusion Criteria:

  • inability to provide informed consent
  • outside of age range
  • inability to complete questionnaire
  • does not understand English
  • is not participating in INC 6601 or on the INC Patient Registry

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02194010

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United States, Iowa
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa, United States, 52242
United States, New York
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, New York, United States, 14627
United Kingdom
National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery
London, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Iowa
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association
Muscular Dystrophy Association
University of Rochester
University of South Florida
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Principal Investigator: Michael E Shy, MD Universit of Iowa
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Responsible Party: Michael Shy, Professor of Neurology, University of Iowa Identifier: NCT02194010    
Other Study ID Numbers: INC 6610
U54NS065712 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: July 18, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 7, 2019
Last Verified: February 2019
Keywords provided by Michael Shy, University of Iowa:
Outcome Measure
Patient Reported Questionnaires
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Tooth Diseases
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
Nerve Compression Syndromes
Hereditary Sensory and Motor Neuropathy
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases
Nervous System Malformations
Heredodegenerative Disorders, Nervous System
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Congenital Abnormalities
Genetic Diseases, Inborn