Online Family Support and Education for Schizophrenia
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Treatments||family psychoeducational program, customary care|
|Sponsor||National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)|
|Start date||March 2001|
|Trial size||72 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT00046085, DSIR AT-SP, R21 MH62135|
This study will evaluate the benefits of providing families of schizophrenia patients the opportunity to interact with each other using the Internet.
|Endpoint classification||efficacy study|
|Intervention model||parallel assignment|
Male or female participants from 18 years up to 60 years old.
Inclusion Criteria for Patients: - DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder - Stable antipsychotic medication regimen for at least 1 month - Able to come to the West Los Angeles area for assessments Inclusion Criteria for Relatives: - At least 4 hours of weekly contact with patient - Access to a computer and Internet connection; expect to stay online for the next 12 months - Able to come to the West Los Angeles area for assessments
|Official title||Online Family Support and Education for Schizophrenia|
|Description||Although psychoeducational programs for schizophrenia can reduce patient relapse rates and reduce family distress, participation rates are often low. This study will provide the families of schizophrenia patients with knowledge of illness management to reduce family burden and increase perceived social support. Relatives of patients with schizophrenia receive either 18 months of customary care or 18 months of customary care with access to the educational website for the first year. Families are provided with private, secure access to the website, which features family-to-family chat capabilities, video lectures on the management of schizophrenia, written materials on important issues in schizophrenia management, professionally facilitated online discussions of the material, and additional resource links. Relatives have 90-minute interviews at the beginning of the project and every 6 months for 18 months. The interviews are used to assess the family member's perception of the patient's symptoms, his or her knowledge of the illness, the illness's impact on the family member, and his or her perception of the website intervention. Patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder are also asked to complete interviews and assessments at the beginning of the project and every 3 months for 18 months. The assessments include questions about symptoms, medication compliance and side effects, hospitalizations, and social functioning.|
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