Assessing and Improving Patient Knowledge About Keloid Scars (Keloids)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Roopal Kundu, Northwestern University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01176877
First received: July 30, 2010
Last updated: November 30, 2012
Last verified: November 2012
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is:

  • to identify how knowledge about keloid scars and self-treatments differs between patients who use the Internet as a source of information and patients who do not
  • to determine if patients who are at a high risk of developing additional keloid scars are more or less likely to change their behavior based on an educational information talk about keloid scar prevention

Condition Intervention
Keloid Scar
Behavioral: Scripted lecture ("educational information talk")

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Assessing and Improving Patient Knowledge About Keloids

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Further study details as provided by Northwestern University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To Assess the Impact of an Educational Lecture on Knowledge About Keloid Scars by Comparing Mean Scores Between Knowledge Assessment Questionnaires Administered Before an Educational Lecture and Immediately After an Educational Lecture [ Time Frame: immediately before and after a 5 minute educational lecture ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    All subjects completed a written questionnaire to assess knowledge about keloid scars before an educational lecture about keloids, immediately after the educational lecture about keloids, and 3 months after the educational lecture about keloids. This written questionnaire to assess knowledge about keloid scars contained 19 questions related to risk factors for developing keloid scars, keloid scar prevention, and keloid scar treatment. A correct response to a question was awarded 1 point and all correct responses were summed to achieve a total score. Possible total score ranged from 0 to 19. A score of 0 is associated with worse knowledge about keloid scars and a score of 19 is associated with better knowledge about keloid scars.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To Assess the Impact of an Educational Lecture on Long-term Knowledge Retention About Keloid Scars by Comparing Mean Scores Between Knowledge Assessment Questionnaires Administered Before an Educational Lecture and 3 Months After an Educational Lecture [ Time Frame: before and 3 months after a 5 minute educational lecture ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    All subjects completed a written questionnaire to assess knowledge about keloid scars before an educational lecture about keloids, immediately after the educational lecture about keloids, and 3 months after the educational lecture about keloids. This written questionnaire to assess knowledge about keloid scars contained 19 questions related to risk factors for developing keloid scars, keloid scar prevention, and keloid scar treatment. A correct response to a question was awarded 1 point and all correct responses were summed to achieve a total score. Possible total score ranged from 0 to 19. A score of 0 is associated with worse knowledge about keloid scars and a score of 19 is associated with better knowledge about keloid scars.


Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: August 2010
Study Completion Date: September 2011
Primary Completion Date: September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
keloid scar
Those with a diagnosis of keloid scar.
Behavioral: Scripted lecture ("educational information talk")
This scripted lecture will be approximately 5 minutes in length and will include 3 picture examples of keloid and hypertrophic scarring as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

Detailed Description:

Keloids scars differ from other scar types in that they grow beyond the borders of the injury that caused them. Patients with darker pigmented skin are more likely to develop keloids, and blacks are especially predisposed to keloid formation. Treatment options for keloids are limited in that new keloids often form at the treated location. The limited efficacy of professional treatment options and the harmless appearance of small keloid scars may lead a patient to try to manage their keloid scars on their own. One source of information that patients may turn to for self-treatment advice is the Internet.

  Eligibility

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects with a clinical diagnosis of keloid scarring
  • Subjects over the age of 18

Exclusion Criteria:

  • That which does not fit the inclusion criteria
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01176877

Locations
United States, Illinois
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northwestern University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Roopal V Kundu, MD Northwestern University