Internet-based Versus Face-to-face Clinical Care for Tinnitus

A

Anglia Ruskin University

Status

Completed

Conditions

Tinnitus

Treatments

Behavioral: Face-to-face clinical tinnitus care
Behavioral: CBT-based internet-intervention for tinnitus

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT02665975
ARU-0116

Details and patient eligibility

About

The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of a CBT-based internet intervention with face to face standard clinical care for adults with tinnitus in the United Kingdom.

Full description

Objectives Tinnitus is one of the most distressing disabilities and innovative ways of managing the related health care burden is required. A cognitive behavioural therapy (CTB) based internet intervention (iCBT) has been developed to improve access to tinnitus treatments. This study aims to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of iCBT in reducing the impact associated with tinnitus in the United Kingdom (UK) compared to standard face-to-face clinical care. Design A two-armed Randomized Control Trial (RCT), will be used to evaluate the effectiveness iCBT on tinnitus distress. Participants placed in the experimental group will receive iCBT and those in the control group will undergo standard face-to-face hospital based clinical care. Setting: This will be an multi-center study, recruiting from three tinnitus clinics in the East of England, UK; namely: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Trust, Milton Keynes University Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust Participants: Recruitment will be undertaken from 3 separate clinical settings. Adult patients seen by ENT Consultants or Audiologist at these centers who mention being significantly bothered by tinnitus, and who would normally be referred for tinnitus services will be considered for the study. 80 Participants will be recruited and will be randomly assigned to either receiving face-to-face clinical clinical care consisting or or internet-based intervention (iCBT). Intervention: i) iCBT group: This group will undergo a CTB-based internet intervention, providing an opportunity to learn about new ways of coping with tinnitus during everyday life. It is 8 week long e-learning intervention, with new modules introduced weekly and assignments given to practice techniques learnt. ii) Standard clinical care group: receive individual face-to-face tinnitus appointment providing the care deemed most important to this individual and follow-up appointments as required. Outcome measures: The main outcome measure is the Tinnitus Functional Index. Secondary outcome measures are the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory- Screening version and self-reported measures for insomnia, hearing disability, cognitive functioning, hyperacusis, anxiety and depression and quality of life. These will be measured at baseline, 3 months post- intervention and 6-months post- intervention, to assess the intervention effects over time. Hypothesis: If iCBT proves feasible and is effective compared to standard clinical care, it may have implications for the way tinnitus suffers are managed in the UK. It may be that a subset of tinnitus suffers can be managed though an e-learning treatment program, freeing up services for those with more severe problems that need face to face treatment.

Enrollment

92 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Attending either Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Milton Keynes University Hospital or Hinchingbrooke Hospitals as recruitment is via these hospitals
  • The ability to read and type in English
  • No barriers to using a computer (e.g. significant fine motor control or visual problems)
  • Internet and e-mail access, and the ability to use these
  • Commitment to completing the programme
  • Completion of the online screening and outcome questionnaires
  • Agreeing to participate in either group and be randomized to one of these groups
  • Understanding and working towards the end goal of reducing the impact and distress of tinnitus, although the strength of the tinnitus may remain the same

Exclusion criteria

  • Reporting any major medical or psychiatric conditions
  • Reporting pulsatile, objective or unilateral tinnitus, which have not been investigated medically
  • Tinnitus as a consequence of a medical disorder, still under investigation
  • Undergoing any tinnitus therapy concurrently to partaking in this study

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

92 participants in 2 patient groups

Experimental group: iCBT
Experimental group
Description:
CBT-based internet-intervention for tinnitus The intervention offered is a CTB-based internet intervention, providing an opportunity to learn about new ways of coping with tinnitus during everyday life. It is 8 week long e-learning intervention, with new modules introduced weekly and assignments given to practice techniques learnt.
Treatment:
Behavioral: CBT-based internet-intervention for tinnitus
Face-to-face clinical tinnitus care
Active Comparator group
Description:
Receive individual face-to-face tinnitus care, and follow-up appointments as required.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Face-to-face clinical tinnitus care

Trial documents
2

Trial contacts and locations

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