This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions eye disease, eye care
Treatments tailored newsletter, targeted newsletter
Sponsor National Eye Institute (NEI)
Start date June 2006
End date May 2008
Trial size 330 participants
Trial identifier NCT00649766, R01-EY15899


The purpose of this project is to test two different types of health messages, one that is developed for a specific group (targeted) and the other that is more personalized to individuals (tailored), to see which is better at changing how often people have their eyes examined. We hypothesize that people who get the tailored messages will be more likely to get a dilated eye exam than people who receive the targeted messages.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking double blind (subject, outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose prevention
(Active Comparator)
tailored print messages to encourage eye examination behavior
tailored newsletter
Tailored newsletter that addresses each person's stage of change, barriers to getting eye exams, and knowledge of eye exams and eye disease
(Active Comparator)
targeted print messages to encourage eye examination behavior
targeted newsletter
Targeted newsletter that contains messages about barriers to getting eye exams and presents facts about glaucoma and African-Americans.

Primary Outcomes

doctor-confirmed dilated eye examination
time frame: 3 and 6 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 65 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - African-American - 65 years of age or older - no dilated fundus exam in past 2 years Exclusion Criteria: - appointment for dilated fundus exam scheduled - no access to phone

Additional Information

Official title Tailored Messages to Increase Eye Examination Behavior
Principal investigator Nancy J. Ellish, DrPH, MSPH
Description Studies have shown that people are not getting their eyes examined on a regular basis, even though dilated eye exams can detect eye diseases like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy early, before significant vision loss has developed. Early detection can lead to earlier treatment, which can save sight by preventing or slowing the progression of these eye diseases. In this project we designed, implemented, and are now evaluating tailored and targeted print health messages to increase eye examination behavior in an African-American population 65 years of age and older, a group at increased risk of glaucoma and diabetes.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in March 2008.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by National Eye Institute (NEI).