Treatment for Loneliness

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
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Effectiveness
1
Safety
VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR, Portland, OR
Loneliness
Crisis Caring Contacts post cards - Behavioral
Eligibility
18+
All Sexes
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Study Summary

The main purpose is to learn if sending messages from the VA (called "Caring Contacts") reduces loneliness and improves mental health. The investigators want to understand if these messages are effective in Veterans aged 60 and above who have missed appointments at the VA even though they have health problems. Participants will receive up to 10 postcards mailed in envelopes from a fellow Veteran (Peer Specialist) from their local VA, and will be asked to fill out four surveys. The investigators are recruiting 920 Veterans aged 60 years and older who have felt isolated and have missed appointments at the VA to join this study.

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Study Objectives

2 Primary · 3 Secondary · Reporting Duration: The 12-month period from the date of randomization to 12-month follow-up

12-month follow-up
Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation
PROMIS Short Form v2.0 ? Emotional Support 4a
Trust in Public Healthcare System, Institutional Trust Subscale (adapted for VA)
UCLA Loneliness Scale, Version 3
The 12-month period from the date of randomization to 12-month follow-up
Count of mental health or primary care visits over 12 months

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Treatment
1 of 2
Control
1 of 2
Experimental Treatment
Non-Treatment Group

920 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Treatment · Has Placebo Group · N/A

Treatment
Behavioral
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: Crisis Caring Contacts post cards · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Control
Behavioral
ShamComparator Group · 1 Intervention: Control post cards · Intervention Types: Behavioral

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: the 12-month period from the date of randomization to 12-month follow-up
Closest Location: VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR · Portland, OR
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2008First Recorded Clinical Trial
1 TrialsResearching Loneliness
51 CompletedClinical Trials

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18+ · All Participants · 4 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You are 60 years of age or older.
You have at least two comorbidities.
You have at least four VA appointments in the past 12 months in primary care or mental health.

About The Reviewer

Michael Gill preview

Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.