Living Well With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Mass General Brigham

Status

Completed

Conditions

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Treatments

Behavioral: IFS
Other: Education

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other
Industry

Identifiers

NCT00869349
2002-P-001762

Details and patient eligibility

About

The purpose of the Living Well with RA program is to perform a proof-of-concept study and evaluate the efficacy of an Internal Family Systems-based psychotherapeutic intervention improve Rheumatoid Arthritis subjects' disease activity, independence and other health outcomes. This study will also assess the efficacy of an IFS-based program in improving RA subjects' mental health symptoms. We hypothesize that the IFS model will improve RA subjects self-management of their disease and subsequently their health outcomes will improve as well as compared to a group focusing on arthritis education.

Full description

Subjects will be selected from the Brigham & Women's Hospital Arthritis Center and include those enrolled in the BRASS study and then once recruited randomly assigned to either the IFS intervention group or the education group. Both the IFS intervention and education group will participate in their respective programs simultaneously over 9 months. Subject reported measures: Incorporated into the questionnaires are several subject-reported measures, including: The Self-Compassion Scale, Beck Depression Index (BDI-II), SF-12 Health Survey, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), RA Disease Activity Index (RADAI), and Arthritis Self-Efficacy Scale. These measures report emotional states, degree and location of arthritis pain, and how that pain affects their daily lives. A monthly encounter form will also be completed by the subject. Physician measures: The physicians who will be monitoring subject health are blind to the study and complete the same measures for subjects in both the IFS intervention and education groups. They will complete a joint count, Global Assessment of health, duration of morning stiffness and ACR functional status. Laboratory testing: Subjects will give blood at the beginning, 3, 6 and 9-month points of the program. This sample will be laboratory-tested for C-reactive protein. Data collection schedule: Subjects will complete a questionnaire at baseline, then at 3, 6 and 9 months. They will give blood samples and undergo a routine physical examination, focusing on their joints at the initial meeting, again at 3, 6, and 9 months into the study.

Enrollment

79 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 81 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Active RA symptoms
  • Member of the BRASS registry at the Brigham and Women's Arthritis Clinic
  • Ability to attend group and individual sessions consistently

Exclusion criteria

  • RA has been in remission for one year
  • Subjects who are currently enrolled in the Arthritis Foundation Self- Management course or any similar type of course

Trial design

Primary purpose

Other

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

79 participants in 2 patient groups

IFS Intervention Group
Experimental group
Treatment:
Behavioral: IFS
Education Group
Active Comparator group
Treatment:
Other: Education

Trial contacts and locations

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