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Innovative Policies for Healthy Aging (IROHLA)

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: NCT02502292
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 20, 2015
Last Update Posted : April 21, 2017
University Medical Center Groningen
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Prof. Dr. Sonia Lippke, Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH

Brief Summary:
In this study, the investigators evaluate an intervention aiming to increase participation and communication of older adults during primary care consultations with their General Practitioner(GP). The investigators are particularly interested in a Photo novel tool with this aim. Photo novels are picture stories, which have the advantage of using a familiar narrative format, thereby possibly increasing comprehension, personal involvement and motivation and self-efficacy to perform the relevant behaviors by offering role models (story characters that are similar to older adults themselves). The patient perspective on doctor-patient communication is underrepresented in most research. This study aims to incorporate the patient perspective in different ways: in addressing their needs and barriers during focus group discussions, in collecting their communication strategies and solutions to these barriers in the role play exercise, in involving them in developing the photo novel, and in studying their responses to the photo novel in the evaluation study the investigators describe in this research proposal.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Health Behavior Attitude to Health Impaired Health Behavioral: Fotonovela Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 126 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Sustainable Health Systems Through Health Literacy for Healthy Aging
Actual Study Start Date : July 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2015

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MedlinePlus related topics: Health Literacy

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Intervention: Fotonovela
The Photo Novel Intervention is presented to users of four different facilities (sports clubs, senior homes) who are older than 50 years. The researchers welcome scheduled eligible participants, introduce the study and ask them for their consent. Afterwards, the participants are asked to fill in the questionnaire. Then, participants are randomized to one of the four groups and are presented with the photo novel or traditional brochure either as a hard copy brochure or as pdf on a tablet computer (2x2 group design). They are instructed to read the material in their own pace and answer the accompanying questions after each story / tip.and the accompanying questionnaire.
Behavioral: Fotonovela

Comparing fotonovela brochure to traditional brochure, as a template communicative behaviors embedded in a picture story where the older people could use before and during primary care consultations with their GP. Relevant communicative behaviors will include 'asking questions', 'expressing lack of or misunderstanding', 'expressing uncertainty', 'expressing preferences and needs' and other relevant communicative behaviors which are based on communication theory / literature and on the output of the focus group discussions.

The researchers will randomly assigned the participants into four groups as described earlier. Mainly to identify the outcomes of the comparison between fotonovela and traditional brochure in both traditional hard-copy and in tablet.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Health literacy will be assessed by questions in a questionnaire [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Areas indicative of limited or marginal health literacy
  • Carry out in a neutral setting

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Eye-sight or hearing disabled people. This is because this study requires participants have the ability to read and watch and listen to videos.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02502292

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Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
Bremen, Germany, 28759
Sponsors and Collaborators
Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
University Medical Center Groningen
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Principal Investigator: Sonia Lippke, Prof.Dr. Jacobs University Bremen
Principal Investigator: Ruth Koops van 't Jagt, Msc. Reichuniversität Groningen/UMCG

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Prof. Dr. Sonia Lippke, Professor of Health Psychology, Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH Identifier: NCT02502292     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FP7/2007‐2013
First Posted: July 20, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 21, 2017
Last Verified: April 2017

Keywords provided by Prof. Dr. Sonia Lippke, Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH:
Health Literacy
Health Ageing
Health Literacy Interventions
Photo Novel Study