Text Messaging for Physical Conditioning

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
1
Effectiveness
1
Safety
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Physical Conditioning
Text Messaging - Other
Eligibility
18+
Male
Eligible conditions
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Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a combination of health fairs, pedometers and social network support can help improve health for taxi drivers.

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Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Text Messaging will improve 1 primary outcome in patients with Physical Conditioning. Measurement will happen over the course of 6 months post randomization.

6 months post randomization
Increase average daily step counts

Trial Safety

Trial Design

4 Treatment Groups

Health Fair + Pedometer
1 of 4
Health Fair, Pedometer + Text Messaging
1 of 4
Health Fair, Pedometer, Social Network Support
1 of 4
Health Fair, Pedometer, Text Msg, Social Network Support
1 of 4
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 290 total participants across 4 different treatment groups

This trial involves 4 different treatments. Text Messaging is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will be divided into 3 treatment groups. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Health Fair, Pedometer + Text MessagingIn addition to the health fair services with general follow-up, and giving each driver a pedometer with instructions on how to use the devise to track daily step counts, all participants in this group will receive daily healthy living advice and encouraging messages about walking through text messages sent by study staff to participants' cellular phone. Participants will be randomized by envelope provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics during an in person meeting after the completion of the 1 month run-in or by phone in case we are unable to meet them in person.
Health Fair, Pedometer, Social Network SupportEach participant in this group will receive the health fair services with general follow-up along with a pedometer with instructions on how to use the device to track daily step counts. Additionally, participants in this group will be asked to provide the names of family or friends who will form a social support network team. This team will provide encouragement and remind participants to maintain a healthy lifestyle and increase daily walking activities. Participants will be given a social network guide to train their family and/or friends on how to best motivate the participants . Participants will be randomized by envelope provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics during an in person meeting after the completion of the 1 month run-in or by phone in case we are unable to meet them in person.
Health Fair, Pedometer, Text Msg, Social Network SupportParticipants in this group will receive the health fair service with general follow-up, along with a pedometer with instructions on how to use the device to track daily step counts. Participants will also receive daily healthy living advice through encouraging text messages about walking through text messages sent by our staff to participants' cellular phones. Participants will also be asked to provide the names of family or friends who will form a social support network team. This team will provide encouragement and remind participants to maintain a healthy lifestyle and increase daily walking activities. Participants will be given tools to train their family and/or friends on how to best motivate the drivers. Participants will be randomized by envelope provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics during an in person meeting after the completion of the 1 month run-in or by phone in case we are unable to meet them in person.
Health Fair + PedometerParticipants will get free weight, height, waist, and blood pressure testing at health fairs stationed at NYC taxi garage bases and airport taxi holding lots. Health fair staff will follow up with participants who need to see a doctor due to a high blood pressure reading or other unusual result that needs a physician follow-up. All participants will be given a pedometer with instructions on how to use it to track their daily step counts. Participants will be randomized by envelope provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics during an in person meeting after the completion of the 1 month run-in or by phone in case we are unable to meet them in person.

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 6 months post randomization
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly 6 months post randomization for reporting.

Closest Location

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - New York, NY

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for male patients aged 18 and older. There are 6 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
I currently own a cell phone and I use text messaging services show original
To become a licensed taxi driver in this city, you must have been driving for at least three months. show original
She can speak English, Bengali, Hindi, Spanish, and French fluently. show original
Male
This text is saying that the person is over the age of 21. show original
I'm planning on staying in New York City for at least seven months. show original

Patient Q&A Section

What are common treatments for physical conditioning?

"There are an increasing number of patients presenting for physical rehabilitation programmes across the country and for a greater percentage of elderly patients across Australia. The major types of treatment prescribed for physical rehabilitation are fitness and mobility exercises, counselling, and manual therapy. Recent findings provides useful baseline data for future investigations which may shed the light on new findings related to patient satisfaction with rehabilitation." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is physical conditioning?

"Physical conditioning is an integral and indispensable component that enhances the overall health and quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS. For people living with HIV/AIDS, physical conditioning plays an important role in maintaining fitness and is important for overall survival." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Can physical conditioning be cured?

"The present study has demonstrated that high-intensity aerobic exercise can substantially improve fitness and increase heart function, while endurance exercise does not improve heart function nor fitness compared with a passive training regimen. The current data also indicate that exercise can be safely implemented to treat symptoms of schizophrenia." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How many people get physical conditioning a year in the United States?

"The American Physical Therapy Association estimated that 6.5 million Americans participated in PA in a year. Although the total number of participants could be far higher, PA is the most widely practiced form of exercise, yet few individuals participate in it regularly. The proportion of adults who report getting regular exercise is about one quarter, yet the proportion of Americans who do not engage in physical activity was estimated to be over 80% by the National Center for Health Statistics. The reasons for this lack of engagement are poorly understood and deserve more attention from public health and healthcare providers." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the signs of physical conditioning?

"Signs of physical conditioning last up to 2-3 weeks, manifest and can be self-regulated. Some of these signs include: increased arm strength, increased endurance, increased flexibility, decreased body fat, muscle hypertrophy and muscle gains." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes physical conditioning?

"If a person wants to develop physical conditioning, the training of muscles is not possible without a muscular hypertrophy, which is induced by changes in the electrical activity in skeletal muscles. The hypertrophy of muscles is generated through various mechanisms including the increment in concentration of Ca and increase in tension. The muscle hypertrophy can be induced through physical exercise or physical training and is induced by the increase in the speed of contractile activity of the muscles." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Is text messaging safe for people?

"This is the first study to comprehensively compare texting and face-to-face counseling. As the counseling in the two sessions was not associated with any different outcome than the counseling by the nurse or no contact, counseling should be a reasonable option for primary care clinicians." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Is text messaging typically used in combination with any other treatments?

"The combination of a text messaging intervention with more conventional interventions does not appear to be more successful than a text messaging intervention alone in the treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD symptoms. We propose that a text messaging intervention may constitute an adjunct to conventional treatments and that further research is warranted to examine the effect of text messaging as an additional treatment option for children and adolescents with ADHD and related disabilities." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Have there been other clinical trials involving text messaging?

"The use of text messaging as a preventive and therapeutic strategy in the clinic are feasible, and well accepted by patients. Text messaging is a simple non-invasive strategy, which has the potential to improve the clinical management of conditions such as asthma and epilepsy. Given its high effectiveness and low cost, text messaging could become a standard adjunct to clinical practice, a tool in the prevention and management of chronic diseases." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the common side effects of text messaging?

"Texting for any prolonged period of time is a safe practice with few side effects and we recommend its use as a tool to improve physical well-being." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How does text messaging work?

"The text messaging intervention resulted in sustained improvements in physical activity without increasing the risk of non-compliance. In addition, text messaging has been shown to modify perceptions of physical activity in students." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Does text messaging improve quality of life for those with physical conditioning?

"Text-messaging had not been previously studied in a population of participants who are receiving physical conditioning of an exercise or rehabilitation program. In a recent study, findings show that text-messaging is a valuable resource for improving quality of life for those with disabilities or with physical conditioning." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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