for people ages 11-18 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
Melvin Heyman



The purpose of the study is to test an online behavioral intervention to improve medication adherence in children diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Interested families will be monitored for four weeks to determine how frequently their child's IBD medication is taken. Patient's taking less than 90% of medications will be randomized to one of two intervention conditions to complete intervention sessions online. The study consists of 4 online intervention sessions with topics differing by condition and 5 online assessments to complete quality of life questionnaires over a 14 month time frame.

Official Title

Telehealth Enhancement of Adherence to Medication in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease


The purpose of the study is to test the efficacy of a telehealth behavioral treatment (TBT) protocol to improve medication adherence in children and adolescents with IBD via a randomized controlled clinical trial. Participants in the TBT condition will be compared to those in an education only (EO) condition. In order to examine clinical significance of the intervention, treatment outcomes will include disease severity, HRQOL, and health care utilization. This randomized controlled clinical trial for nonadherence to medication randomizes participants to either the TBT or EO intervention condition, with assessments occurring at baseline, post-treatment, and 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up. Both conditions will participate in a self-guided educational intervention during week 6 of enrollment, with three intervention sessions at weeks 8, 10, and 12. A 4-week run-in phase immediately preceding randomization is utilized to establish participants' baseline adherence. Assessments will occur at week 5 (Baseline Assessment 1), week 14 (Post-treatment Assessment 2), and 3-, 6-, and 12-month post-treatment follow-up (Assessments 3, 4, and 5). Intervention topics will differ for each condition; however, the frequency of contact is equivalent across conditions.


Crohn's Disease Ulcerative Colitis Indeterminate Colitis Inflammatory Bowel Disease Crohn Disease Colitis Colitis, Ulcerative Intestinal Diseases Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Telehealth Behavioral Treatment (TBT) Education Only (EO) Education Only


You can join if…

Open to people ages 11-18

  • Patient is currently seen for care at one of the collaborating research sites:Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Connecticut Children's Medical Center,Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Nationwide Children's Hospital, University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital, or Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
  • Patient diagnosed with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or indeterminate colitis
  • Patient age between 11-18 years
  • Patient currently living at home
  • Patient currently prescribed at least one daily oral immunomodulator (e.g.,6-MP/azathioprine) and/or 5-ASA (e.g., mesalamine)in pill form
  • English fluency for patient and parents
  • Inclusion for Randomization: <90% adherence to immunomodulator and/or 5-ASA during four week run-in phase

You CAN'T join if...

  • Diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorder in patient or parent
  • Diagnosis of serious mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia) in patient or parent


  • University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital
    San Francisco California 94143 United States
  • Oklahoma State University
    Stillwater Oklahoma 74074 United States
  • Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
    Kansas City Missouri 64108 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Phase 3
Lead Scientist
Melvin Heyman
Study Type
Last Updated
September 2016