Families First Edmonton (FFE)

U

University of Alberta

Status and phase

Completed
Phase 2

Conditions

Low-Income Population

Treatments

Behavioral: Primary Health Care Model (PRMHLTH)
Behavioral: Comprehensive Model (COMP)
Behavioral: Recreation Coordination Model (REC)

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT00705328
137444

Details and patient eligibility

About

This study is designed to provide clear evidence for health and social policymakers about the influence of alternate service-delivery models and practices on enhancing and sustaining low-income family linkages to available services. A challenge faced by Canadian health and social service providers is to promote health for low-income families in a proactive and cost-effective manner. Families with low incomes experience an array of health and social barriers that compromise their resilience, lead to negative family outcomes, and act as barriers to available services. Family barriers are compounded by service delivery barriers and result in reduced opportunities for effective, primary-level services and in increased use of secondary-level services (e.g., emergency room visits, emergency intervention, police involvement), with the obvious increase in costs. Randomized-controlled trials are rare in community-based intervention research. This Families First Edmonton randomized-controlled trial (RCT) will enable testing of innovative service-delivery models and provide an opportunity for evidence-based decision making for Canadian policy makers. Critical information will be provided about optimizing cost effectiveness for public systems the long-term effects on the health of low-income family members mechanisms that intervene between the interventions and their effect on the health of low-income family members building on previous research and on community-based initiatives promoting knowledge transfer

Enrollment

2,400 patients

Sex

All

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Participant families will

have received low-income assistance either in the form of

  • Alberta Works Income Support
  • Alberta Child Health Benefits,
  • Alberta Works Adult Health Benefits
  • participating in City of Edmonton Leisure Access Program
  • living in Capital Region Housing
  • have a child or children between 0 and 12 years of age
  • reside in city of Edmonton
  • be able to provide signed consent

Exclusion criteria

  • Potential study participants will be excluded if they refuse to give informed consent to be interviewed
  • are unable to read and write English and an appropriate translator is not available
  • have plans to move outside the region
  • are unwilling to participate for the entire follow-up period

Trial design

2,400 participants in 3 patient groups

1
Experimental group
Treatment:
Behavioral: Primary Health Care Model (PRMHLTH)
2
Experimental group
Treatment:
Behavioral: Recreation Coordination Model (REC)
3
Experimental group
Treatment:
Behavioral: Comprehensive Model (COMP)

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