Summary

Eligibility
for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
Location
at UCSF
Dates
study started
estimated completion

Description

Summary

This study will determine the effectiveness of tele-psychology in treating persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) with depressed mood in the early period post-rehabilitation discharge. Depression among individuals with SCI is the most common psychological condition following an injury; 22% of civilians with SCI and 28% of veterans with SCI experience depression after injury, which is higher than the able-bodied population (Williams 2015; Ullrich 2014). Individuals with SCI face many barriers in receiving psychotherapy, such as lack of accessible transportation, unfamiliarity with community resources, or stigma associated with seeking treatment for depression, which this project aims to address. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), which helps people develop different ways of thinking and behaving to reduce their psychological distress, will be provided via iPad FaceTime by a psychologist with expertise in working with persons with SCI. The objectives of the proposed project are to reduce depressive symptoms, decrease associated symptoms of anxiety, and to improve satisfaction with life with CBT provided via tele-psychology. The secondary objective is to show intermediate efficacy of tele-psychology in persons with SCI with depressed mood.

Official Title

Telepsychology Intervention for Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury and Depression

Details

  1. Rationale / Objectives This study will determine the effectiveness of tele-psychology in treating persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) with depressed mood in the early period post-rehabilitation discharge. Depression among individuals with SCI is the most common psychological condition following an injury; 22% of civilians with SCI and 28% of veterans with SCI experience depression after injury, which is higher than the able-bodied population (Williams 2015; Ullrich 2014). Individuals with SCI face many barriers in receiving psychotherapy, such as lack of accessible transportation, unfamiliarity with community resources, or stigma associated with seeking treatment for depression, which this project aims to address. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), which helps people develop different ways of thinking and behaving to reduce their psychological distress, will be provided via iPad FaceTime by a psychologist with expertise in working with persons with SCI. The objectives of the proposed project are to reduce depressive symptoms, decrease associated symptoms of anxiety, and to improve satisfaction with life with CBT provided via tele-psychology. The secondary objective is to show intermediate efficacy of tele-psychology in persons with SCI with depressed mood. II. Impact CBT via iPad FaceTime is expected to be a convenient and effective treatment for depression after SCI with short-term (14-week post-discharge) and intermediate (26-week post-discharge) benefits. This project would impact individuals with SCI, post-discharge from rehabilitation, through the provision of an innovative treatment for depression, easing the transition back to their home and community. Furthermore, CBT treatment will be provided in the comfort and privacy of the participant's home, therefore combating stigma, as well as physical and transportation-associated barriers. CBT via FaceTime does pose a potential confidentiality risk, but the study team will stress that both parties choose a location (i.e. private office for the psychologist and a private room at home for the participant) that will minimize this risk. Prior studies have shown a beneficial effect of CBT provided with tele-psychology among other populations. Telemedicine is rapidly advancing within the field of medicine; however, its impact on persons with SCI and the use of tele-psychology are not yet widespread. This proposed study aims to close this gap and can determine whether CBT via iPad improves mood and quality of life (as measured by satisfaction with life) and can assess if tele-psychology is an effective and replicable method for providing psychological care. With evidence from this study elucidating the effectiveness of tele-psychology utilizing rapidly advancing technology, tele-psychology for individuals with SCI may become as usual and routine as in-person psychological treatment within several years. III. Contribution This project provides an innovative approach to treating depression and an exciting opportunity to understand the treatment effects of our proposed tele-psychological intervention for individuals with SCI. CBT treatment provided via iPad FaceTime tele-psychology for depression is a novel approach that can easily be disseminated to other SCI centers and community hospitals. Hence, medical teams will have an alternative option to consider during the discharge planning stages of rehabilitation and during their transition to home.

Keywords

Spinal Cord Injuries Depression telepsychology cognitive behavioral therapy Wounds and Injuries Depressive Disorder

Eligibility

You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

Pre-screening Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults 18 years or older with traumatic or non-traumatic SCI at any level of injury
  • Individuals with acute SCI being discharged to or residing in a private residence in the state of California
  • Within one year of date of injury

Tele-psychology (full study) Inclusion Criteria:

  • Mild to moderate depression (PHQ-9 total score between 5-14)
  • Intact cognitive status (i.e., full scale MoCA ≥ 25). Potential subjects being screened remotely or who cannot complete the motoric components of the MoCA will be screened with the MoCA Blind (required score ≥ 17)

You CAN'T join if...

Pre-screening Exclusion Criteria:

  • Medically unstable as determined by the subject's treating physician or a review of medical records (e.g. pneumonia)
  • Acute psychosis
  • Incapable of giving informed consent
  • Inability to comprehend written or oral English
  • For Non-County of Santa Clara Residents: Inability to identify a treating physician to the study team. (* Please contact the study team if you are not sure who your treating physician may be)

Tele-psychology (full study) Exclusion Criteria:

  • Endorsement of suicidality on the PHQ-9

Location

  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center accepting new patients
    San Jose California 95128 United States

Details

Status
accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
(estimated)
Sponsor
Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System
Links
Rehabilitation Research Center
ID
NCT03711760
Study Type
Interventional
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