Implementing Effective, Collaborative Care for Schizophrenia (EQUIP-2)

This study has been completed.
University of California, Los Angeles
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier:
First received: August 25, 2005
Last updated: August 5, 2014
Last verified: August 2014

This project evaluates the implementation and effectiveness of a care model to improve treatment for schizophrenia within the context of diverse VA practices and priorities. The project provides information to VA clinicians and managers about Veterans with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who are overweight and/or who would like to return to competitive work. The project facilitates reorganization of care practices in order to get veterans needed and desired services around wellness and work. The project creates a platform that other clinical and research interventions can build upon to improve care, and is designed to inform a national strategy for implementing evidence-based care in schizophrenia.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Illness
Weight Gain
Psychotic Disorder
Procedure: Collaborative Chronic Illness Care Model

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Implementing Effective, Collaborative Care for Schizophrenia

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Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Evaluate the effect of care model implementation on provider competencies, treatment appropriateness, patient outcomes and service utilization [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Evaluate processes of and variations in care model implementation and effectiveness to strengthen the intervention and to assess acceptability, how strategies affect implementation and the impact of individual components on treatment appropriateness [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Identify facilitators and barriers to wellness program participation in an effort to strengthen the weight management services available to patients with schizophrenia [ Time Frame: 9 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 1067
Study Start Date: June 2007
Study Completion Date: May 2011
Primary Completion Date: March 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm 1
Collaborative Care Model (described below)
Procedure: Collaborative Chronic Illness Care Model
A care model that integrates greater availability of clinical information, reorganizes the practice system and provider roles, fosters care coordination, and focuses on evidence-based protocols--specifically supported employment and wellness services for individuals with schizophrenia.
No Intervention: Arm 2
Usual Care

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Providers(Psychiatrists, Case Managers, Nurses, Supported Employment workers Nutritionists, Local Recovery Coordinators, Quality Improvement experts) working at one of the participating VA Medical Centers


  • At least 18 years old
  • Diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, or schizophreniform disorder
  • At least 1 treatment visit with a clinician at the clinic during the 6 months prior to enrollment and then at least 1 treatment visit with a clinician at the clinic during the 5 months of enrollment.

Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00137280

United States, California
VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Long Beach, CA
Long Beach, California, United States, 90822
VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
West Los Angeles, California, United States, 90073
United States, Louisiana
VA Medical Center
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, 71101
United States, Nevada
VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, North Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 89106
United States, New York
James J Peters VA Medical Center
Bronx, New York, United States, 10468
VA Medical Center, Northport
Northport, New York, United States, 11768
United States, Texas
Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
Temple, Texas, United States, 76504
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Alexander S. Young, MD MSHS VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
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Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier: NCT00137280     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MNT 03-213, P30MH082760
Study First Received: August 25, 2005
Last Updated: August 5, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
Randomized Controlled Trial
Quality of Health Care
Health Services Research
Medical Informatics Computing
Services, Mental Health
Medicine, Evidenced-Based
Quality Assurance, Healthcare
Quality Indicators, Health Care

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Weight Gain
Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Chronic Disease
Schizophrenia and Disorders with Psychotic Features
Body Weight Changes
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes processed this record on October 02, 2014