Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Interventions--Teen Online Problem Solving Study (RRTC--TOPS)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified October 2013 by Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
MetroHealth Medical Center
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
Children's Hospital Colorado
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01042899
First received: January 5, 2010
Last updated: October 15, 2013
Last verified: October 2013

January 5, 2010
October 15, 2013
March 2010
January 2014   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Parent Report Measures [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Child behavior, social competence and general functioning [ Time Frame: Measured at follow up visit immediately after treatment then at 6 month post-treatment follow up visit ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01042899 on ClinicalTrials.gov Archive Site
  • Teen Self-Report Measures [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Neuropsychological Testing [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Parent psychological distress [ Time Frame: Measured at follow up visit immediately after treatment then at 6 month post-treatment follow up visit ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Family functioning [ Time Frame: Measured at follow up visit immediately after treatment then at 6 month post-treatment follow up visit ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Parent-child conflict [ Time Frame: Measured at follow up visit immediately after treatment then at 6 month post-treatment follow up visit ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
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Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Interventions--Teen Online Problem Solving Study
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Interventions

This study will evaluate the effectiveness of an Internet-based psychosocial treatment in improving problem-solving, communication skills, stress management strategies, and coping among teens who have had a traumatic brain injury and their families.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in adolescents is a significant stressor for both the teen and his or her family. Existing interventions are rare and access to treatment can be restricted by distance and finances. Based on previous findings and participant feedback, we propose to expand the previously developed TOPS intervention by conducting a multi-site study comparing the efficacy of TOPS to that of TOPS-Teen Only (TOPS-TO) in improving child behavior and functioning, parental depression and distress and family functioning. The efficacy of both active treatments would be examined in relation to an internet resource comparison group (IRC). During years 1-3, we will recruit 165 children between the ages of 11 and 18 with moderate to severe TBI and randomly assign them to receive TOPS, TOPS-TO, or IRC. We anticipate that TOPS will result in improvements in child, caregiver, and family functioning relative to IRC; but that TOPS-TO will only result in improvements in child behavior and adjustment. Based on prior research, we anticipate that the family-level treatment model of TOPS may be more effective than TOPS-TO in improving child behavior for children/adolescents with fewer social resources. Given these expectations, we will test the following hypotheses: 1) Children with TBI receiving either TOPS or TOPS-TO will have fewer behavior problems, greater social competence, and better functioning than those receiving IRC at both post-treatment and at a 6-month follow-up assessment. 2) Caregivers of children receiving TOPS will report less depression and psychological distress, less parent-child conflict, and better family functioning than those receiving TOPS-TO or IRC at both post-treatment and at a 6-month follow-up assessment. 3) Social resources will moderate treatment efficacy, such that children with limited social and economic resources will show greater improvements in the more comprehensive TOPS intervention. We hypothesize better teen problem solving and communication skills, fewer teen emotional/behavioral problems, less parental burden and distress, and less parent-teen conflict at follow-up among the TOPS group compared to the IRC group. TOPS makes use of emerging technology to address the multifaceted needs of teens following TBI with the goal of improving the teen's social and emotional functioning, thereby enabling him or her to better negotiate the complex transition to adulthood and independent functioning.

Interventional
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Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Behavioral: Teen Online Problem Solving (TOPS)
    The TOPS program has 10 sessions that provide training in stress management, problem solving, communication, and social skills to all enrolled families, while the remaining 6 sessions address content related to the stressors and burdens of individual families. Each self-guided online session includes real adolescents talking about how TBI affected them, content regarding the skill, video clips showing adolescents and/or families modeling the skill, and exercises giving the family an opportunity to practice the skill. After the completion of the self-guided web pages, the family will meet with the therapist via videoconference; the therapist will review the exercises and help the family implement the problem-solving process with a problem or goal identified by the family.
    Other Name: TOPS
  • Behavioral: Teen Online Problem Solving--Teen Only (TOPS-TO)
    TOPS-TO targets the same skills as TOPS and includes largely the same website and intervention content. However, it differs with respect to the extent of family involvement in the sessions. In TOPS-TO, sessions will be conducted with the child or adolescent alone, rather than with the family as whole. Parents will be given access to the TOPS-TO website content via their own password protected site so they will understand the skills that their child is learning. However, only the adolescent, and not the parents, will participate in the synchronous videoconferences with the therapist.
    Other Name: TOPS-TO
  • Behavioral: Internet Resources Comparison (IRC)
    Families in the IRC group will also receive a computer, printer, and high-speed internet access if they do not currently have these. Additionally, IRC families receive access to a home page of brain injury resources and links (identical to those given on the TOPS and TOPS-TO homepage) but will not be able to access specific session content. This will enable us to equate the groups with respect to access to the information and resources available on the Web.
    Other Name: IRC
  • Experimental: Teen Online Problem Solving
    Intervention: Behavioral: Teen Online Problem Solving (TOPS)
  • Experimental: Teen Online Problem Solving---Teen Only
    Intervention: Behavioral: Teen Online Problem Solving--Teen Only (TOPS-TO)
  • Active Comparator: Internet Resources Comparison
    Intervention: Behavioral: Internet Resources Comparison (IRC)
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Recruiting
165
October 2014
January 2014   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Moderate to severe TBI that occurred within the last 18 months
  • Overnight hospital stay
  • English-speaking
  • Parent must be willing to provide informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Child does not live with parents or guardian
  • Child or parent has history of hospitalization for psychiatric problem
  • TBI is a result of child abuse
  • Child suffered a non-blunt injury (e.g., projectile wound, stroke, drowning, or other form of asphyxiation)
  • Diagnosed with moderate or severe mental retardation, autism, or a significant developmental disability
Both
11 Years to 18 Years
No
Contact: Kendra M McMullen, MA 513-636-1055 kendra.mcmullen@cchmc.org
United States
 
NCT01042899
H133B090010--01
Yes
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
  • MetroHealth Medical Center
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
Principal Investigator: Sharil L Wade, PhD Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
October 2013

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