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EPIDOGS Digital Seizure Diary for Owners of Alerting Dogs

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. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03896386
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : April 1, 2019
Last Update Posted : April 4, 2019
University Ghent
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Hospital, Ghent

Brief Summary:
During a three-month period, the study subjects will be using an electronic diary app that they can download and install on their smartphones to register the occurrence of seizures and also to register the potential alerting behaviour of their dogs. This information will increase the knowledge of the accuracy of these alerts.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Epilepsy Other: Use of seizure diary Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Investigation of Behaviour by Dogs Prior to Human Epileptic Seizures and Potential Underlying Mechanisms: EPIDOGS Digital Seizure Diary
Estimated Study Start Date : May 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date : June 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : October 2020

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Use of seizure diary
People diagnosed with epilepsy that lives with a dog that is able to anticipate the onset of a seizure. They will be ask to use a diary (bespoke smartphone app) to register the occurrence of seizures and the alerting behaviour of the dogs.
Other: Use of seizure diary
The participants will press the "alert" button when they witness and alerting behaviour on their dogs or the "Seizure" button when they had experienced a seizure. We will receive this information live through the app back-end

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Sensitivity and specificity across all dogs. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    Percentage of dog alerts followed by a seizure, percentage of seizures preceded by a dog alert

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Differences between trained and untrained dogs [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    Information on potential differences in in the type of alerting behaviour displayed, sensitivity and specificity between trained and not trained dogs (if enough data are available).

  2. Correlation between alerting behaviour and pre-ictal symptoms [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    A possible correlation between alerting behaviour and the presence of auras and/or prodromi may also be explored.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • The volunteer has been diagnosed with epilepsy by a neurologist and lives with a dog that anticipates the occurrence of seizures (trained or not)
  • Volunteers should be able to operate an electronic diary app on a smartphone by themselves or will have an assistant/carer with them 24/24 that will operate the device for them.
  • In the case of children, the parents/tutors will fill in the diary for them.
  • In the case of people with learning disabilities, carers or familiars will fill in the diary for them.

Exclusion Criteria:

- People with non-epileptic seizures, that are not able to use a smartphone's app or that can't provide us with a confirmation of their diagnosis.

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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): NCT03896386

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Contact: Ana M Martos Martinez-Caja, MSc +3292647818
Contact: Veerle De Herdt, MD, PhD +32 (0) 93324529

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Department of Neurology - Ghent University Hospital Not yet recruiting
Ghent, Flandes, Belgium, 9000
Contact: Veerle De Herdt, MD, PhD    +32-9-3324529   
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Ghent
University Ghent
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Study Director: Christel Moons, PhD Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent

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Responsible Party: University Hospital, Ghent Identifier: NCT03896386     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EC/2018/0232
First Posted: April 1, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 4, 2019
Last Verified: April 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by University Hospital, Ghent:
Seizure alert dogs
Seizure diary
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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