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An interventional clinical study is where participants are assigned to receive one or more interventions (or no intervention) so that researchers can evaluate the effects of the interventions on biomedical or health-related outcomes.
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|Eligible Ages||11 Years - 21 Years|
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria
Inclusion Criteria:1. Youth 11-21 years of age; 2. MS diagnosis or clinically isolated syndrome, as per revised McDonald diagnostic criteria and International Pediatric MS Study Group criteria prior to the age of 18; 3. Participating in less than three hours of structured physical activity per week.
Exclusion Criteria:1. Have non-specific white matter abnormalities and metabolic or infectious etiologies for white matter abnormalities; 2. Do not speak and read English at a level needed to complete the questionnaires (4th grade level); 3. Have significant motor disability, classified as an Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) ≥4; 4. Are at increased risk of cardiac or other complications of exercise testing (e.g. cardiac disease, diabetes), as determined by the pediatric neurologist or physician.
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Phase 1: Studies that emphasize safety and how the drug is metabolized and excreted in humans.
Phase 2: Studies that gather preliminary data on effectiveness (whether the drug works in people who have a certain disease or condition) and additional safety data.
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The sponsor is the organization or person who oversees the clinical study and is responsible for analyzing the study data.
|The Hospital for Sick Children|
The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.
|E. Ann Yeh, MA, MD, FRCPC, Dip ABPN|
|Principal Investigator Affiliation||The Hospital for Sick Children|
Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.
|Countries||Canada, United States|
The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.
|Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis|
|Study Website:||View Trial Website|
Youth with MS have highly active disease and report high levels of fatigue and depression. As MS is a lifetime diagnosis, amelioration of these outcomes may have a sustained and important effect on the lives of these youth. Effective interventions oriented towards improving these outcomes are therefore imperative to develop and study. Importantly, recent work suggests that increased PA has the potential to improve brain tissue integrity, re-myelination, mental health outcomes, and quality of life in youth with MS. The investigators have demonstrated associations between lower levels of PA and higher levels of depressive symptoms and fatigue in these youth over time. Furthermore, the investigators have demonstrated an association between higher levels of PA and lower levels of disease activity in youth with MS. Importantly, preliminary work by the investigators shows that youth with MS have very low levels of PA. Increasing PA, therefore, has the potential to have both disease-modifying and psychosocial benefits in youth with MS. The investigators have developed a user-driven app and program, the ATOMIC intervention, which addresses barriers to PA participation the investigators previously identified. The program provides youth with tools to increase goal setting, PA self-efficacy, and knowledge, and is embedded in a youth-focused app that is supported by health coaches. Notably, in preliminary work, the investigators have found the ATOMIC program to be acceptable to youth, and furthermore, that it was associated with a 31% increase in physical activity. These strong preliminary results support moving forward with this proposed research, a multi-center randomized wait-list controlled trial (RCT) of the ATOMIC mobile app and coaching-based physical activity (PA) intervention in youth with multiple sclerosis (MS). The proposed study will examine the extent to which the intervention can change PA levels in this cohort. Additional goals will be to evaluate the effect of the ATOMIC intervention on behavioural change mediators, fitness, and psychosocial outcomes. For this study, the investigators will recruit 56 youth with MS followed at three tertiary children's hospitals with large, established pediatric MS programs: The Hospital for Sick Children, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Arms & Interventions
The participant receives the intervention immediately following baseline measurements.
Other: Waitlist attention-control
The participant receives the control condition for 6 months following baseline measurements. After 6 months, the baseline measurements are repeated and then the participant receives the intervention.
Behavioral: - Physical Activity (PA) Intervention
The ATOMIC intervention consists of four primary components: one-on-one chats with a PA coach, informational posts, PA self-monitoring through an activity tracker and educational modules regarding different aspects of becoming PA delivered through the MS-specific PA app. An overarching goal of moving youth with MS towards meeting current Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) recommendations will be used in addition to initial results from accelerometer monitoring and evaluation of current PA intentions to establish step goals, with planned weekly incremental increases (10% weekly to goal).
Behavioral: - Waitlist attention-control
For a period of 6-months, participants will receive the control conditions that involve contact from study personnel and a nutritional educational module to ensure equivalent social contact in both arms of the study. After the 6-months, participants will receive the same intervention as the intervention arm.
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