This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition substance use dependence
Treatment mobile health cognitive stimulation
Sponsor Pedro Gamito
Collaborator Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias
Start date October 2013
End date June 2015
Trial size 65 participants
Trial identifier NCT02308878, PEst-OE/PSI/UI0700/2011


Heroin use has been related to brain dysfunction particularly in the prefrontal cortex. These effects are evident in neuropsychological impairments in attention, memory and executive functioning of heroin users. To assess these deficits and the application of a novel approach of cognitive stimulation to heroin users in treatment for opioid dependence, we have carried out a neuropsychological intervention program with mobile health technology. Patients diagnosed with opioid dependence were submitted to cognitive stimulation during four weeks in a three-day/week basis.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose treatment
(No Intervention)
This group consists of treatment-as-usual for opioid dependence syndrome.
Cognitive stimulation using mobile technology with m-Health applications.
mobile health cognitive stimulation

Primary Outcomes

Change in the results of Frontal Assessment Battery - FAB
time frame: 1month

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 75 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Only patients that scored higher than the cutoff values for their age on the Mini Mental Examination Test and with no clinical scores on the Symptoms Checklist Revised will be included in the study. Exclusion Criteria: - Patients with alcohol dependence or with history of previous neurological disorders will be excluded from the study. Patients will be also screened for minimal computer literacy.

Additional Information

Official title Executive Functioning in Heroin Users Following a Mobile Health Cognitive Stimulation Approach: a Randomized Controlled Trial
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in December 2014.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias.