Text Message Study

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Duke University

Status

Terminated

Conditions

Surgical Site Infection
Anxiety
Pain

Treatments

Other: cellular device/computers

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01789697
Pro00034182

Details and patient eligibility

About

The objectives of this double-blind, randomized, controlled study are to evaluate the efficacy of maintaining contact with low-back pain patients through text messaging and emailing, to decrease anxiety levels, pain, number of follow-up visits through text messaging and emailing, and to improve reporting of surgical site infection after spine surgery through text messaging and emailing. The outcomes that will be measured are anxiety, pain, follow-up visits and received phone calls, and reporting signs of surgical site infection. Participants will include Dr. Oren Gottfried's patients who underwent spine surgery at Duke Hospital or at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Patients will be approached after determination that the patient is going to undergo spinal surgery. All patients meeting inclusion criteria will be approached to participate irrespective of race or ethnicity. A total of 194 subjects will be recruited.

Enrollment

18 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 100 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Patients age greater than 18 years
  • Patients who confirm they have an unlimited text message data plan and email capabilities on their mobile device
  • Patients of Dr. Gottfried's underwent lumbar decompression or fusion surgery
  • Patients with text message capabilities
  • Patients who have an active email account

Exclusion criteria

  • Patients who demonstrate an inability to fill out the pre-visit questionnaires
  • Patients with a diagnosis of metastatic disease
  • Patients with workers compensation or liability pending
  • Patients who will require transfer to an acute rehabilitation facility following surgery

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Double Blind

18 participants in 2 patient groups

Receives text messages/emails
Experimental group
Description:
Will receive text messages and emails periodically from the surgeon from Day 1 (day after discharge) through day 21.
Treatment:
Other: cellular device/computers
Does not receive text messages/emails
No Intervention group
Description:
Will not receive text messages and emails periodically from the surgeon from Day 1 (day after discharge) through day 21.

Trial contacts and locations

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