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Text Messaging Adherence to Stimulant Medication

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: NCT01967485
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 23, 2013
Last Update Posted : February 23, 2017
American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mai Uchida, Massachusetts General Hospital

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine if an individualized text messaging intervention for the parents of children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is effective in improving medication adherence and disease management.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Other: Text- Messaging Other: Treatment as usual Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 35 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Text Messaging Adherence to Stimulant Medication
Study Start Date : January 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2016

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Text Messaging
Text messaging to the parents of children. Children will receive open treatment for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with stimulant medication.
Other: Text- Messaging
Text messages will be sent to the parents of children enrolled in the study.

Other: Treatment as usual
Children will receive stimulant treatment for ADHD.

Active Comparator: No Text Messaging
Children will receive open treatment for ADHD with stimulant medication. This group will not get the text messaging intervention, but will receive treatment as usual.
Other: Treatment as usual
Children will receive stimulant treatment for ADHD.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Medication Adherence [ Time Frame: Six Months ]
    Adherence to the individualized medication regimen

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Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female children ages 6-17 years
  • A diagnosis of ADHD (inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, or combined type) according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) based on clinical assessment and supported by a Clinical Global Impression- ADHD (CGI-ADHD) Severity Score of at least 4 (Moderately Ill)
  • Has a parent in possession of a cellular phone with text messaging capabilities and is interested in and willing to receive planned text messages
  • Has never been treated with stimulant medication, or has begun treatment with stimulant medication within three months of study enrollment.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any serious, unstable, chronic medical condition, per clinician assessment
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Current or past history of seizures
  • Treatment with stimulant medication beyond three months prior to enrollment
  • Pregnant or nursing females
  • Investigator and his/her immediate family; defined as the investigator's spouse, parent, child, grandparent, or grandchild
  • Unstable psychiatric illness other than ADHD, including, but not limited to: Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Psychosis, Major Depressive Disorder, Anorexia, Bulimia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Anxiety Disorders
  • History of multiple adverse drug reactions
  • Presence of suicidal risk, or homicidality
  • Unwilling/unable to comply with study procedures
  • Poor command of the English language

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01967485

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United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry.
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Principal Investigator: Mai Uchida, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
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Responsible Party: Mai Uchida, Child Psychiatrist, Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT01967485    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2013-P-002161
First Posted: October 23, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 23, 2017
Last Verified: February 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by Mai Uchida, Massachusetts General Hospital:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Medication adherence
Disease management
Text message
Reminder systems
Text Messaging
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms