mobile application for Schizophrenia

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles, CA, West Los Angeles, CA
Schizophrenia+4 More
mobile application - Other
All Sexes
Eligible conditions

Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a mobile app can be used to detect relapse in people with serious mental illness.

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Eligible Conditions

  • Schizophrenia
  • Manic Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorders

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Estimate

1 of 3

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether mobile application will improve 7 primary outcomes in patients with Schizophrenia. Measurement will happen over the course of 9 months.

3 and 9 months
Acceptability of passive self-tracking of mental health change
Feasibility of passive self-tracking of mental health change
Safety of passive self-tracking of mental health change
9 months
Estimates of activities
Estimates of sleep
Estimates of sociability
Identify exacerbations of psychiatric symptoms

Trial Safety

Safety Estimate

1 of 3

Trial Design

1 Treatment Group

mobile application
1 of 1
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 125 total participants across 1 different treatment group

This trial involves a single treatment. Mobile Application is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

mobile application
Participants use a mobile application on their smartphone

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 3 and 9 months
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly 3 and 9 months for reporting.

Closest Location

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles, CA - West Los Angeles, CA

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. You must have received 1 prior treatment for Schizophrenia or one of the other 4 conditions listed above. There are 3 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

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A veteran patient who has a serious mental illness, which is defined as having a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder, is receiving care at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Healthcare Center. show original
Ownership of a smartphone with a data plan

Patient Q&A Section

How many people get disease a year in the United States?

"Around 25 million people in the US are affected with disease some year. For example, lung disease and cancers such as breast cancer are some of the leading causes of disease and death in the US. The United States is expected to have an aging population that will have an aging rate similar to Western Europe, placing an increasing burden on health care." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Can disease be cured?

"Though it is frequently said that a disease cannot be cured, the possibility of cure is often overlooked. It is common to believe that a nonrecurring disease is non-curable, but a disease can be cured if it never reappears, even if it is not curable within the time period in which cure is achievable. A disease that is permanently cured is not necessarily an uncurable disease." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the signs of disease?

"It is impossible to differentiate between the various features of disease. However, the following signs can be associated with diseases discussed in the article: unexplained weight loss, persistent cough, coughing up blood, chest pain and difficulty." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes disease?

"Disease is a concept that in fact implies a number of different conditions of the body in a pathological state that is not always readily obvious; it must therefore be carefully construed. Such conditions include those that are classified as disease, namely those that are classified as pathologic abnormalities in that they are the result of disturbances of the normal workings or behaviour of that part of the body of the individual. Such a disturbance must be accompanied by disturbances in another organ or part of the body which are not diseased and are, therefore, not diseases in themselves, that is, they are pathophysiologic conditions.\n•The term "health" in this discussion refers to the state of being well." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are common treatments for disease?

"There are multiple medications with differing mechanisms of action. Pharmacological agents including antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), benzodiazepines and MAOIs, and non-pharmacological approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be used to treat conditions such as anxiety, headache, depression, and insomnia. There are potential adverse effects associated with non-pharmacological treatments such as side effects from insomnia treatment and medication use. There are also potential adverse effects associated with medications such as antidepressants. Physicians are urged to ensure their patients that have not previously undergone treatment are informed about potential side effects, possible drug interactions and to notify patients of any discontinuation of any treatment due to potential side effects or drug interaction." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is disease?

"The history of disease is not readily accessible in the clinical record but can be found using a hierarchical set of rules. For example, disease is clearly related to gender and ethnicity when these variables are known, and some rules can be inferred from the medical record. A small number of diseases can be found (a disease entity) and categorized by clinical code, which allows these diseases to be found and then classified as well. The use of a data dictionary to locate and classify disease entities provides a means of finding out what is happening and what is not happening through a systematic record of diagnoses, symptoms, and clinical tests." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is the latest research for disease?

"[Cancer Research UK’s Clinical Research Information online service’s latest research news page and Cancer Research UK’s Patient Care and Research Team page are two great sources to check for up-to-date cancer research news and news relating specifically to you.( For more on new treatments for rare cancers check out the Rare Cancers Research Centre (" - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is mobile application?

"A mobile app can help individuals with Diabetes to stay compliant in lifestyle modification. A mobile app can also detect the symptoms of diabetes and help to self-management of that disease. If a mobile app is developed, people can get more benefit from a health coaching or self care service or any other health service. These benefits were not apparent during this study." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the latest developments in mobile application for therapeutic use?

"Mobile applications are an effective, convenient, and relatively inexpensive method for dissemination and adherence to health services. Users' knowledge, attitude and behavior change was positively affected, and, consequently, their disease-related information was improved as well." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Have there been other clinical trials involving mobile application?

"Most randomized trials to date have relied on mobile technology, even though it has not been specifically addressed in either FDA guidelines or EMA guidelines and therefore it may be difficult to access. To increase the number of available studies, in our trial, we have designed an Android app named MyColorectal. It enables patients, their caregivers, and researchers to engage in the trial, with the goal of improving outcomes and patient quality of life." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is the average age someone gets disease?

"In 2015, the overall median age at diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes was 27 years, while the median age at diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes was 49 years, suggesting that Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) and Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) are typically diagnosed at a later age in males compared to females. For both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes the majority of cases occurred in persons aged 20 to 39" - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the common side effects of mobile application?

"There are a few common side effects of mobile application that may be encountered in daily life. We could recommend patients who have been using the mobile application for more than a month to see a doctor because of the following side effects: skin redness, sore throat, dizziness or vertigo, headache and fatigue." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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