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TakeCharge: Telephone Delivered Self-management Intervention for People With Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified November 2012 by University of Washington.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
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University of Washington Identifier:
First received: July 21, 2009
Last updated: November 8, 2012
Last verified: November 2012

The proposed project will evaluate the efficacy of a telephone-delivered self-management (T-SM) intervention for reducing the impact of secondary conditions in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS), including chronic pain, fatigue, depression, and cognitive impairment. It is hypothesized that if the effects of these conditions are reduced, study participants will demonstrate improved participation in the community and improved employment outcomes. This project is important because the majority of persons with MS experience one or more of the following secondary conditions: fatigue, pain, depression, and cognitive impairment. These secondary conditions are not always readily apparent and constitute what has been described by our Rehabilitation Research and Training Center as "hidden disabilities." Secondary conditions such as pain, depression, fatigue, and cognitive impairment frequently not only cause distress in their own right but also affect employment, participation, and quality of life. Having more than one often compounds the effect; the effect of all may be greater than the sum of each individually (e.g. depression can worsen fatigue, and cognitive impairment can worsen depression).

It is critical that this constellation of secondary symptoms be addressed using state of the art techniques based on self-management training and that intervention effects be documented with carefully controlled treatment efficacy studies.

Condition Intervention
Multiple Sclerosis
Behavioral: Self-management intervention
Behavioral: Education

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Telephone Delivered Self-management Intervention for People With Multiple Sclerosis Addressing Pain, Fatigue, Depression, and Cognitive Difficulties

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Further study details as provided by University of Washington:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • PHQ 9 [ Time Frame: Baseline, 5 weeks, 10 weeks, 6 months, and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Brief Pain Inventory [ Time Frame: Baseline, 5 weeks, 10 weeks, 6 months, and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Modified Fatigue Impact Scale [ Time Frame: Baseline, 5 weeks, 10 weeks, 6 months, 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • PROMIS Depression Short Form [ Time Frame: Baseline, 5 weeks, 10 weeks, 6 months, 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • PROMIS Pain Impact Short Form [ Time Frame: Baseline, 5 weeks, 10 weeks, 6 months, 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • PROMIS Fatigue Short Form [ Time Frame: Baseline, 5 weeks, 10 weeks, 6 months, 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: October 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Self-management
Telephone based self management intervention targeted at pain, fatigue, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
Behavioral: Self-management intervention
Brief counseling technique, self-management,
Active Comparator: Education
Education about pain, fatigue, depression, and cognitive difficulties in multiple sclerosis.
Behavioral: Education
Educational information about pain, fatigue, depression, and cognitive difficulties in multiple sclerosis.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must be diagnosed with MS by a physician.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be able to understand, speak, and read English.
  • Must have the presence of at least one of four common secondary conditions (fatigue, pain, depression, cognitive difficulties) that interferes with employment, participation, and functioning.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to understand or read English.
  • Severe cognitive impairment, defined as one or more errors on the 6-item screener, that would prevent informed consent and inability to carry on a phone conversation.
  • Currently participating in regularly scheduled psychotherapy.
  • Psychiatric contraindications such as current psychosis, active suicidal ideation, or current alcohol or drug use.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00944190

United States, Washington
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98195
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Washington
Principal Investigator: Dawn Ehde, PhD University of Washington
Study Director: George Kraft, MD University of Washington
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of Washington Identifier: NCT00944190     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 36021-C, H133B080025
Study First Received: July 21, 2009
Last Updated: November 8, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Washington:
cognitive difficulties

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Sclerosis
Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Demyelinating Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Pathologic Processes processed this record on November 19, 2014