Use of mobile devices and the internet for multimedia informed consent delivery and data entry in a pediatric asthma trial: Study design and rationale

Kathryn Blake, Janet T. Holbrook, Holly Antal, David Shade, H. Timothy Bunnell, Suzanne M. McCahan, Robert A. Wise, Chris Pennington, Paul Garfinkel, Tim Wysocki

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Abstract

Introduction: Phase III/IV clinical trials are expensive and time consuming and often suffer from poor enrollment and retention rates. Pediatric trials are particularly difficult because scheduling around the parent, participant and potentially other sibling schedules can be burdensome. We are evaluating using the internet and mobile devices to conduct the consent process and study visits in a streamlined pediatric asthma trial. Our hypothesis is that these study processes will be non-inferior and will be less expensive compared to a traditional pediatric asthma trial. Materials/methods: Parents and participants, aged 12 through 17. years, complete the informed consent process by viewing a multi-media website containing a consent video and study material in the streamlined trial. Participants are provided an iPad with WiFi and EasyOne spirometer for use during FaceTime visits and online twice daily symptom reporting during an 8-week run-in followed by a 12-week study period. Outcomes are compared with participants completing a similarly designed traditional trial comparing the same treatments within the same pediatric health-system. After 8. weeks of open-label Advair 250/50 twice daily, participants in both trial types are randomized to Advair 250/50, Flovent 250, or Advair 100/50 given 1 inhalation twice daily. Study staff track time spent to determine study costs. Results: Participants have been enrolled in the streamlined and traditional trials and recruitment is ongoing. Conclusions: This project will provide important information on both clinical and economic outcomes for a novel method of conducting clinical trials. The results will be broadly applicable to trials of other diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-118
Number of pages14
JournalContemporary Clinical Trials
Volume42
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

Keywords

  • Clinical trial
  • Informed consent
  • Internet
  • Mobile devices
  • Multimedia
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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