Real-Time Telehealth to Promote Self-care Management for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (E-Breathe)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01161290|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 13, 2010
Last Update Posted : July 13, 2010
HYPOTHESIS:The study purpose is to evaluate the effectiveness of a structured pursed-lips breathing (PLB) protocol taught via real-time interactive telecommunication with a home computer using the lnternet and Skype software in veterans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD. The primary hypothesis is veterans with COPD and dyspnea on exertion who receive a PLB educational intervention taught via weekly interactive telecommunication over a 4-week period will have greater reduction of exertional dyspnea compared to those who receive the PLB educational intervention with no weekly interactive sessions.
RESEARCH PLAN: An experimental two- group design is used. All subjects receive a brief 5 - 10 minute one-on-one PLB educational session. Subjects are then randomized to either the intervention group or the control group. The intervention group receives 4 weekly interactive group sessions with the health educator (principal investigator)via computer. A free software program known as Skype allows synchronous video and audio interaction. The comparison group receives only the brief PLB educational session with no weekly follow-up.
RESULTS: At end of 4 weeks, the intervention group had significantly lower dyspnea intensity scores (group X time interaction F = 6.69, p = 0.02) and significantly higher social support scores (group x time interaction F = 4.34, p = 0.058).
CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Skype is a viable means for providing patient education. A structured PLB protocol provides significant differences in exertional dyspnea over time. A structured PLB protocol plus Skype showed significant reduction in patients' sense of dyspnea intensity and increased social support scores.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive||Behavioral: synchronous interactive audio/video telecommunication||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||22 participants|
|Official Title:||A Randomized Controlled Trial Using Real-Time Interactive Audio/Visual Telehealth to Promote Self-care Management for United States Veterans With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: a Pilot Study|
|Study Start Date :||September 2008|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||February 2010|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||February 2010|
- Behavioral: synchronous interactive audio/video telecommunication
4 weekly synchronous interactive audio/video sessions on self-care management for dyspnea provided via the Internet and free downloadable software (Skype) on patients' home computerOther Name: Skype
- Dyspnea Intensity [ Time Frame: End of 4 weeks and end of 12 weeks ]Dyspnea Intensity is measured with the Visual Analogue Scale. The scale is a 100-cm horizontal line with verbal anchors at either end. Interval level data are obtained by measuring from left to the point marked by the subject. The subjects mark the scale with a pencil in response to the question, "During the last 24 hours, how easy or how hard was it to get your breath?"
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01161290
|Principal Investigator:||Margaret A Nield, PhD||Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System|