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Evaluating Rewards-Based Adherence and Electronic Medication Monitoring in HIV-Positive Adolescents

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01849393
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 8, 2013
Last Update Posted : December 16, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Brief Summary:
The primary objective of this project is to assess the study population's acceptance of two medication adherence support strategies: incentive-based programs and electronic medication monitoring. The study population is adolescents (ages 16 - 24) positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) currently undergoing treatment with antiretrovirals at St. Jude's HIV clinic. Participation in the study will involve completion of a survey: an Audio Computer Assisted Self Interview (ACASI). The duration of the survey is anticipated to be 10-20 minutes. Patient identifiers will not be attached the survey.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Other: Questionnaire

Detailed Description:
Whether or not patients take their medications is one of the most noticeable and important predictors of treatment success or failure for HIV infection. Ways to improve compliance, specifically rewards-based programs and electronic medication monitoring, have shown some success in limited clinical research studies focused on adult subjects. Because the social and developmental factors in adolescents are different from adults, adolescents may not respond to these interventions in the same way as adults. This study will investigate adolescent acceptance and the effectiveness of these programs.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 100 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Incentives and Technology Survey 2013: Evaluation of Acceptance of Incentive-Based Adherence Programs and Electronic Medication Monitoring Among HIV-Positive Adolescents
Study Start Date : June 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2013

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Study Population
Participants must meet the eligibility requirements will complete a questionnaire on the computer.
Other: Questionnaire
Participants who consent to participate in this study will complete a short questionnaire. The survey will be completely anonymous (not matched with the participant's name). Estimated time to complete the survey is 10-20 minutes.
Other Name: Survey

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Reported perceptions about incentive-based adherence programs and electronic medication monitoring [ Time Frame: Once, at enrollment ]
    Participants will complete a survey/questionnaire on the computer describing their disease state, the frequency and amount of medication taken daily, and how well they comply with taking their medications and attending their clinic appointments. They will also note their perceptions about how incentive-based adherence programs and electronic medication monitoring. Descriptive statistics will be prepared from survey results.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 24 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
HIV-positive adolescents between the ages of 16 and 24 years who are currently undergoing treatment with antiretrovirals at St. Jude's HIV clinic.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • HIV positive
  • Ages 16-24 years.
  • Participants must understand written or spoken English, because the ACASI used in the study can only be administered in English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Adolescents with a documented diagnosis of mental retardation or a significant motor or sensory impairment that would preclude participation in the study survey.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01849393

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United States, Tennessee
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee, United States, 38105
Sponsors and Collaborators
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Mary Westfall, MD St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Identifier: NCT01849393    
Other Study ID Numbers: INTECH
First Posted: May 8, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 16, 2013
Last Verified: December 2013
Keywords provided by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:
Medication Compliance
Rewards-Based Incentive Programs
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV Infections
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Slow Virus Diseases