Drug User Internet and Mobile Tech Use
The purpose of this exploratory study is to examine factors associated with frequency and type of internet and mobile technology use among illegal drug users, specifically use of internet and text-messaging to obtain health care information and engage in health care utilization, specifically human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and treatment services. We will target high drug activity neighborhoods in New York City and enroll participants recruited through targeted street outreach. All participants (n=336) will undergo an audio computer-assisted self-interview (ACASI) that will assess socio-demographics, health care access and utilization, sex/drug use behavior, health status, and characteristics of general and health-related internet/mobile technology use including factors that promote or hinder use. Participants identified as using the internet ≥1/month (n=151) will return for a 4-week ACASI to report on use of the pilot website (which will largely display information currently available in the community in print/ pamphlet/ video form).
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
|Official Title:||Exploratory Study of Drug User Health-related Internet and Mobile Technology Use|
- Where drug users use internet and mobile technologies [ Time Frame: Baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Frequency of internet and mobile technology use [ Time Frame: Baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Reasons for using internet and mobile technologies [ Time Frame: Baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- willingness to use internet or mobile technology for health-related purposes [ Time Frame: Baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- actual internet or cell phone app/text message use for the purposes of acquiring health information and/or engaging the health care system [ Time Frame: Baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- pilot website use [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- use of website functions [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- uptake in receipt of automatic text message updates on relevant health information [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||February 2014|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||March 2015|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||January 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
While this pilot intervention is not a randomized trial, study participants who report internet use at least once a month will told of a pilot website that they will be able to access for a 4-week study period. This website will contain a educational information tailored to the health needs of drug users. Web content will be similar to materials and public health messages released by the NYC Department of Health and therefore, harm is not likely to arise from viewing such content.
Other: Pilot Health Website
The pilot health website will contain educational health information such as:
health-related videos, searchable map of HIV prevention and other needed health and social services, and the option to register for automatic text message updates on relevant health information.
No Intervention: No website access
Participants who report internet use less than once a month will not receive access to the pilot website.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01871298
|Contact: Alexis Rivera, MPHfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|United States, New York|
|Columbia University Medical Center||Not yet recruiting|
|New York, New York, United States, 10032|
|Principal Investigator: Crystal Fuller, PhD|
|Principal Investigator:||Crystal Fuller, PhD||Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health|