Get Moving and Get Well - Pilot Study (GMGWP)

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Status

Completed

Conditions

Major Depression
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Schizophrenia
Bipolar Disorder
Schizoaffective Disorder

Treatments

Behavioral: Get Moving and Get Well
Behavioral: Health and Humor Class

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other U.S. Federal agency

Identifiers

NCT01884025
PPO 13-187

Details and patient eligibility

About

Individuals with serious mental illness have greater morbidity from physical illness and mortality than the general population, but tend not to initiate or sustain engagement in health promotion interventions. Although promising weight management and wellness interventions have been developed for this population, they are very intensive and tend to have low enrollment, high attrition, and low reach. This pilot study will investigate a novel low-demand intervention that may be initially more acceptable, the Get Moving and Get Well! (GMGW) program. The primary objectives of the proposed study are to investigate the effects of participation in the GMGW program on measures of behavioral activation, self-efficacy, physical activity, general physical and mental health, mood, participants' intent to engage in more intensive physical health interventions, and actual engagement in those programs. Results of this pilot study will inform a future full-scale study of GMGW.

Full description

Anticipated Impacts on Veteran's Healthcare: Individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) have greater physical illness morbidity and mortality than the general population, but typically do not enroll in nor complete health promotion interventions. This pilot study will provide preliminary evaluation of a low-demand physical activity intervention that may be acceptable to Veterans with SMI and lead to improved health in this medically vulnerable population. Project Background: The relatively high rates of morbidity and mortality found among individuals with SMI have led to prioritization by Mental Health QUERI, and other groups, of prevention and health promotion in addition to improved coordination of physical health care for this population. Although promising health promotion interventions have been developed, they are intensive and none seem to successfully address the challenge of improving reach and enrollment while minimizing attrition. We propose to conduct a pilot evaluation of a novel low-demand intervention that may be an acceptable introduction to health promotion, the Get Moving and Get Well! (GMGW) program. Participants in the current version of GMGW have described benefits beyond those expected. We believe a 12-week GMGW program may be an effective and relatively low-demand intervention to promote self-efficacy and physical health in Veterans with SMI through increasing Veteran behavioral activation. Project Objectives: The objectives of the proposed study are to: (a) determine the effects of participation in the 12-week GMGW program on a measure of behavioral activation; (b) determine the effects of GMGW on measures of self-efficacy, physical activity, general physical and mental health, and mood; and (c) determine the effects of participation in the class on measures of intent to engage and actual engagement in more intensive physical health programs. Project Methods: In order to inform a future full scale study, we will complete the development of a 12-week manualized GMGW class, assess its acceptability, feasibility and time burden, and evaluate effects of the intervention on key outcome measures. To achieve the aims of the study, we will randomly assign 30 participants to either GMGW or an attention control condition. Participants will complete baseline measures investigating behavioral activation, self-efficacy, physical activity, physical and emotional health, mood, and intent to engage in health promotion activities before beginning the class. These measures will be repeated at the end of the 12-week class, along with questions investigating the acceptability of the interventions. A chart review will investigate actual engagement in health promotion interventions. We will be looking for the emergence of trends for differences in expected directions and response patterns within and between groups that will inform us about effect sizes for the measures and permit a power analysis for the full scale trial. We plan to use repeated measures analysis of variance, controlling for any variables that differ significantly between the intervention and control groups, to test the hypothesis that GMGW participants will have greater improvements on the measures at the end of the 12-week intervention than the control participants. Finally, we will also compare the number of participants who have evidence of participation in new health promotion activities in their medical record using a chi-square test of equal proportions.

Enrollment

27 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 65 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

* To be considered for participation, potential participants must be Veterans at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. * They must express an interest in improving their physical health but not be referred to MOVE! at the time of enrollment in the study; * not have attended more than six class sessions of GMGW in the past; agree to be randomized to one of two treatment groups (GMGW or control health promotion class); * be between the ages of 18 and 65; speak and understand English; * and be able to increase walking and light to moderate physical activity as indicated by a progress note by their primary care provider. * Participants must meet PRRC admission criteria for serious mental illness (primary diagnosis of psychotic disorders, * bipolar disorder, major depression and/or severe PTSD) and * dysfunction (Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) score of 50 or less); this will be assessed though a review of the Veteran's CPRS electronic record.

Exclusion criteria

* We will exclude Veterans who have been found to be legally incompetent or have a legal guardian of person.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Double Blind

27 participants in 2 patient groups

Get Moving and Get Well
Experimental group
Description:
Walking class developed for Veterans with serious mental illness and administered as part of the PRRC
Treatment:
Behavioral: Get Moving and Get Well
Health and Humor Class
Sham Comparator group
Description:
Equally engaging attention control condition
Treatment:
Behavioral: Health and Humor Class

Trial contacts and locations

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