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Phase II Randomised Controlled Trial of a patient decision-aid website to improve treatment decision-making for young adults with bipolar II disord…

A new interesting article has been published in Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2018 Nov 9;12:137-144. doi: 10.1016/j.conctc.2018.11.004. eCollection 2018 Dec. and titled:

Phase II Randomised Controlled Trial of a patient decision-aid website to improve treatment decision-making for young adults with bipolar II disord…

Authors of this article are:

Fisher A, Sharpe L, Costa D, Anderson J, Manicavasagar V, Juraskova I.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Background/aims: This paper describes the protocol for a feasibility study for a parallel Phase II randomised control trial (RCT) aiming to evaluate a novel decision-aid website (e-DA) to support young adults with bipolar II disorder (BPII), and their families.Material and methods: The e-DA was developed according to the International Patient Decision-Aid Standards (IPDAS). Participants will be 40 young adults (18-30 years) referred to a specialist outpatient clinical facility, who have a confirmed clinical diagnosis of BPII. Participants will be randomised (1:1) to receive access to the clinic’s online factsheets/website with (Intervention) or without (Control) the e-DA. A series of validated and purpose-designed questionnaires will be administered at baseline (T0), immediately post-decision (T1), and 3 months post-decision (T2). Questionnaires assess key decision-making constructs related to decision-making quality, including: decisional conflict, subjective and objective treatment knowledge, values-based informed choice, concordance between preferred/actual decision-making involvement, preparation for decision-making, and decisional regret. Self-report symptom severity and anxiety will ascertain the safety of e-DA use. The focus of analyses will be to assess effect sizes, in order to guide a future RCT.Discussion: This feasibility study will evaluate a world first, evidence-based online decision-support resource, a DA website, for young adults with BPII and their families who are deciding on treatment options for relapse prevention. Findings will determine the e-DA’s feasibility in RCT procedures (i.e., outpatient clinical setting) and provide estimates of effect sizes on outcomes related to improving treatment decision-making and patient outcomes in a sample of potential end-users, compared to usual care.Trial registration: This trial is registered with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) – ACTRN12617000840381.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as:

Bipolar II disorder;Decisional conflict;Informed choice;Randomised controlled trial;Treatment decision-aid;Young adults

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