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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Real-time Self-management Intervention for SCD Via Mobile Applications (CaRISMA)

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: NCT02384590
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 10, 2015
Last Update Posted : January 25, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Charles Jonassaint, University of Pittsburgh

Brief Summary:

Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) experience significant depressive symptoms that currently go unrecognized and under-treated. Further, depression in this patient population has the potential to contribute to high health care utilization and poor disease outcomes; however, there are currently no comparative effectiveness studies of evidenced-based mental health treatments for depression in SCD.

The primary objective of this study is to test the effectiveness of an online computerized cognitive behavioral therapy intervention to address psychological and behavioral needs of patients with sickle cell disease, namely depression and pain symptoms. The investigators will implement an existing computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) program called "Beating the Blues" into routine clinical care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Adult Sickle Cell Clinic to determine the effectiveness of this intervention in decreasing depression and pain versus treatment as usual. Patients with significant distress-depression and/or anxiety symptoms-will be randomized to either eight sessions of a CCBT program and weekly follow-up with a care manager or treatment as usual where the treating physician is notified of the patient's symptoms. The investigators will evaluate patient acceptability, implementation and practicality of the online mental health intervention through patient use of the site (frequency and duration of visits), qualitative interviews, and surveys. The investigators hypothesize: 1) the CCBT will be an acceptable mental health treatment for patients and easily integrated into routine clinical care; 2) patients in the treatment arm will show a greater decrease in depression/anxiety symptoms and average daily pain than patients in usual care.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Sickle Cell Disease Depression Anxiety Behavioral: Computerized cognitive behavioral therapy Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 30 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Feasibility of Implementing Mental Health Treatment in Routine Adult Sickle Cell Disease Care Using Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Mobile Technology-Based Intervention
Actual Study Start Date : March 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : January 17, 2017

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Anxiety

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: CCBT + Care Manager Arm
Patients will be given a tablet device with unlimited data. The device will be pre-installed with a pain and mood diary app that will prompt them to enter their pain severity (0-10), pain location, and mood (0-10), once a day. They will also be registered on to the Beating the Blues website and asked to use the tablet device to complete eight 1-hour Beating the Blues CBT sessions, over the next 3-months. They will also be introduced to a care manager who will contact them on a weekly basis by telephone and throughout the week by email or text, for one-month and then as needed for two additional months. At the conclusion of 3 months participants will only have care manager support upon request but are free to continue using the Beating the Blues program for as long as they like.
Behavioral: Computerized cognitive behavioral therapy
The "Beating the Blues" computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) program is eight 50-minute online sessions that teach the participant how to better manage stress using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. Cognitive behavioral therapy involves helping people change their thoughts and behaviors so they can limit the negative impact stress will have on their mood and pain experience.
Other Names:
  • online cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Beating the Blues

No Intervention: Treatment As Usual
Similar to the treatment arm, patients will be given a tablet device with unlimited data that comes pre-loaded with a pain and mood diary app. The app will prompt the usual care patients to complete diary data daily. No other activities are required as part of the study but the patients are free to use the tablet as much as they like for their own leisure. At the end of 3-months, patients who continue to report depressive or anxiety symptoms are invited to cross-over to the treatment arm where they will be registered for the Beating the Blues program and given care manger support.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patient acceptability as measured by CCBT sessions completed [ Time Frame: 6-months ]
    Number of CCBT sessions completed while enrolled in study

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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:

  1. Male or female ≥18 years of age at baseline visit.
  2. Documentation of a SCD diagnosis (HgbSS, HgbSC, SBeta +Thal; or SBeta oThal)
  3. Receive routine care at the UPMC sickle cell clinic.
  4. Scores indicative of clinically significant depression or anxiety on the stress/pain screener that is administered as part of routine SCD care to all patients. i.e. Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) ≥ 10 and/or Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale (GAD-7) ≥ 8

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Presence of a condition or abnormality (e.g. significant neurocognitive dysfunction) that in the opinion of the Investigator would compromise the safety of the patient or the quality of the data.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02384590

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United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15237
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
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Responsible Party: Charles Jonassaint, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Identifier: NCT02384590    
Other Study ID Numbers: PRO14120495
First Posted: March 10, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 25, 2017
Last Verified: January 2017
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Anemia, Sickle Cell
Anemia, Hemolytic, Congenital
Anemia, Hemolytic
Hematologic Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn