Delivery of Peer Support Through a Self-Management mHealth Intervention (Healing Circles) in Patients With Cardiovascular Disease: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial.

Authors:
Brodie M Sakakibara
Brodie M Sakakibara
University of British Columbia
Canada
Santabhanu Chakrabarti
Santabhanu Chakrabarti
University of British Columbia
Canada
Andrew Krahn
Andrew Krahn
University of Western Ontario
Canada
Martha H Mackay
Martha H Mackay
University of British Columbia
Canada
Tara Sedlak
Tara Sedlak
Vancouver General Hospital
Vancouver | Canada
Joel Singer
Joel Singer
University of British Columbia
Canada
Scott A Lear
Scott A Lear
Simon Fraser University
Canada

JMIR Res Protoc 2019 Jan 11;8(1):e12322. Epub 2019 Jan 11.

Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Background: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of hospitalization and death around the world. The prevalence of CVD is increasing and, therefore, development and investigation of effective programs to help people better self-manage their CVD and prevent secondary complications are needed.

Objective: In this paper, we report on a protocol to evaluate Healing Circles-an evidence-based and patient-informed peer support mobile health program designed to facilitate self-management and support patients in their recovery from and management of CVD. We hypothesize that individuals with CVD who use Healing Circles will experience greater improvements to their self-management ability than individuals receiving usual care.

Methods: In this single-blinded (assessor) randomized controlled trial, 250 community-living individuals with CVD will be randomized on a 1:1 basis to either Healing Circles or Usual Care. The primary outcome of self-management will be measured using the Health Education Impact Questionnaire version 3.0. Secondary outcomes include self-efficacy with chronic disease management, health-related quality of life, health resource use and costs, and electronic health literacy. Measurements will be taken at the baseline and every 6 months for 24 months.

Results: The study started recruitment in September 2017. Individuals are currently being recruited for participation, and existing participants are currently on follow-up. Measurements will be taken every 6 months until the study end, which is anticipated in December 2019.

Conclusions: Healing Circles is a novel program aimed toward improving self-management through peer support. Given our real-world study design, our findings will be readily translatable into practice. If the results support our hypothesis, it will indicate that Healing Circles is an effective intervention for improving self-management and reducing health care use.

Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT03159325; https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03159325 (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/74DvxVKUd).

International Registered Report Identifier (irrid): DERR1-10.2196/12322.

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