INMED: Investigation of Incentives to Promote Medication Adherence Among HIV-Infected Adolescents on Antiretroviral Therapy.

Category:

Supportive Infectious Diseases Studies

Eligibility Overview:

This is a non-therapeutic clinical trial that is only open to St. Jude patients.
  • Participant is > 16 and < 24 years of age.
  • Participant is diagnosed with HIV.
  • Participant is aware of his/her HIV diagnosis.
  • Participant understands either written or spoken English.

Description

There are many strategies that have been shown to help people living with HIV remember to take their medications when they are supposed to. One type of intervention that has been successful involves providing rewards for taking medications correctly.

In this study, researchers would like to find out if a reward program can help young adult participants remember to take their medications correctly. Researchers will monitor how participants take their medicines using a device called Wisepill; a device that is a small pillbox with computer chip that will record when the pillbox is opened to take medicines. To get more information about what participants think of the study, researchers will also ask some questions using an Audio Computer Assisted Self-Inventory Survey (or ACASI which is taken on the computer while the questions are read out loud.

Objectives

  • To find out if using a reward program improves medication taking by young adults living with HIV.
  • To find out if a reward program has an effect on sexually transmitted infections (STIs), number of missed appointments, and HIV laboratory results (CD4 and viral load).
  • To explore how participants feel about the study.

Eligibility criteria, among others, include:

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participant is > 16 and < 24 years of age.
  • Participant is diagnosed with HIV.
  • Participant is aware of his/her HIV diagnosis.
  • Participant understands either written or spoken English.
  • Participant is willing and able to provide informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participant has a documented diagnosis of mental retardation or significant motor or sensor impairment.
  • Participant has a documented acute psychiatric illness, including suicidal ideations, homicidal ideation, or active psychosis.

Principal Investigator

Ronald Dallas, PhD

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105  USA
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Email: referralinfo@stjude.org

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