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Summary

for people ages 12–20 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion:
Frederick M Hecht

Description

Summary

The proposed pilot study is an evaluation of Communitas, a mind-body skills group visit and for 12-19 year-olds living with chronic physical illness. The goal of this study is to assess the efficacy and feasibility of these group visits. During 2017-2018, the investigators will recruit 50-100 patient and 50-100 parent enrollees of Communitas to participate in this study. The study will be a pre-post evaluation, without a control group, using validated patient-report assessments at baseline, after completion of the group visits, and 3 months later. The primary outcome variables will be physical and mental wellbeing, stress, mood, resilience, mindfulness, and social support. Paired t tests will be used to assess changes from baseline to immediately post-intervention & 3 months post-intervention. The investigators will also calculate Cohen's d effect sizes, to help them understand the degree to which an effect is present in the population.

Official Title

Effectiveness of a Mind-Body and Peer Support Program for Teens Living With Chronic Illness and Their Parents: A Pilot Study

Details

The Communitas pilot study is a survey study of Communitas, a pre-existing integrative medicine and mind-body skills group visit for adolescents living with chronic illness and their parents. The goal of this study is to evaluate the preliminary efficacy and feasibility for these group visits. Approximately 50-100 patients and 50-100 parent enrollees of the Communitas group visits will be recruited to participate in this survey study optionally. During the group visits, both the patient and parent groups will learn about and experience various coping, self-care, pain and stress-reduction modalities, participate in group sharing to promote engagement with a diagnosis and provide emotional support, and benefit from facilitated discussions about some of the more practical aspects of living with chronic illness. The group visits will be offered to patients and their parents as clinical service, regardless of enrollment in the survey study, and will be billed to insurance as consult group visit with the pediatrician. The group visits will be held at both the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and Mission Bay Children's Hospital and will be led by a pediatrician, starting in October 2016. The study will be set up as a pre-post evaluation, without a control group, using patient-report and parent-report qualitative and quantitative assessments at baseline, after completion of the series of group visits, and 3 months later. In addition, some families may be asked if they would like to participate in a videotaped interview before and after the start of the program.

Keywords

Chronic Illness

Eligibility

You can join if…

Open to people ages 12–20

  • Enrolled in the Communitas group visit at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine or Mission Bay Children's Hospital.
  • Patients enrolled in these group visits are males and females 12-20 years of age and living with a chronic illness.

You CAN'T join if...

  • People who are not enrolled in the Communitas group visit at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine or Mission Bay Children's Hospital will be excluded from this survey study.
  • The Communitas group consists of a patient group of young people ages 12-20 living with chronic illness, as well as a parent group.

Location

  • Osher Center for Integrative Medicine accepting new patients
    San Francisco, California, 94115, United States

Details

Status
accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
(estimated)
Sponsor
University of California, San Francisco
ID
NCT03170167
Lead Scientist
Frederick M Hecht
Study Type
Observational
Last Updated
May 1, 2017
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