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The "online availability" study.


- candidate number2969
- NTR NumberNTR1171
- ISRCTNISRCTN wordt niet meer aangevraagd
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR21-dec-2007
- Secondary IDs07/292. MEC
- Public TitleThe "online availability" study.
- Scientific TitleThe effects of online availability of individual phenylalanine levels to patients with phenylketonuria.
- ACRONYMN/A
- hypothesisOnline availability of phenylalanine-levels will improve dietary compliance in patients with phenylketonuria.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedPhenylketonuria (PKU)
- Inclusion criteriaPatients with PKU aged 1 year and older who have been detected by newborn screening and have been continuously treated with a protein restricted diet and supplementation of aminoacids.
- Exclusion criteriaNo access to the internet at home.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialyes
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingNone
- controlActive
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-apr-2008
- planned closingdate1-okt-2009
- Target number of participants90
- InterventionsDuring a period of twelve months, one group will have online access to the individual phenylalanine results and the other group will continue the present procedure. Patients who have online access to their phenylalanine results will no longer be called by the dietician about results outside the recommended range. These patients personally can adjust their diet to the phenylalalnine levels and determine the frequency of blood-sampling.
- Primary outcome1. The effect of online availability of individual phenylalanine levels to patients with PKU on their plasma phenylalanine levels;
2. The effect of online availability of individual phenylalanine levels to patients with PKU on the frequency of their phenylalanine measurements.
- Secondary outcomeThe effect of online availability of individual phenylalanine levels to patients with PKU on the frequency.
- TimepointsN/A
- Trial web siteN/A
- statusopen: patient inclusion
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIES A.M. Bosch
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIES A.M. Bosch
- Sponsor/Initiator Academic Medical Center (AMC), Amsterdam
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
SHS international
- PublicationsN/A
- Brief summaryRationale:
Phenylketonuria (PKU; MIM 261600) is an autosomal recessive disorder of phenylalanine metabolism caused by a deficiency of the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH; EC 1.14.16.1). Patients are detected by newborn screening, and treated with a protein restricted diet with supplementation of all aminoacids but phenylalanine (Phe) to prevent cerebral damage resulting from high plasma Phe levels. Adherence to the diet, resulting in acceptable Phe levels, is of great importance for the outcome of the patients. Previous reports suggest that self-management may improve dietary compliance. Patients with PKU treated in the Academic Medical Center (AMC) and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) already have a high degree of self-management. Patients take blood samples at home at regular intervals, for measurement of their phenylalanine (Phe) value, and send the blood-spots by mail to the laboratory. If the value is outside the recommended range they will be informed by the dietician, if not they can phone or email the dietician to obtain their value. To increase the availability of their individual Phe values to the patients and parents, without interference of a professional, we plan to give each individual patient online access to their own Phe values.


Objectives:
The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of online availability of individual phenylalanine (Phe) levels to patients with PKU on plasma Phe levels, on the frequency of Phe measurements and on the frequency of contact with the dietician.


Study design:
We aim to perform a randomized controlled trial.


Research questions:
1. What is the effect of online availability of individual Phe levels to patients with PKU on their plasma Phe levels?;
2. What is the effect of online availability of individual Phe levels to patients with PKU on the frequency of their Phe measurements?;
3. What is the effect of online availability of individual Phe levels to patients with PKU on the frequency of the interaction with the dietician, and on the type of issues discussed with the dietician?;


Procedure:
All patients with PKU aged 1 year and older who have been detected by newborn screening and have been continuously treated with a protein restricted diet and supplementation of aminoacids, and who are treated in the AMC or the LUMC, are invited to participate in the study. The participating patients will be randomized into 2 groups: one group with online access to the Phe results, and one control group who will get online access to the results after the end of this study and will continue the present procedure for twelve more months.
Patients who have online access to their Phe results will no longer be called by the dietician about results outside the recommended range. The Phe results will be made available at their personal “My PKU” page which will contain their Phe values, a link to the Dutch guidelines on the dietary management of PKU and the possibility to send an e mail to the dietician. The plasma Phe levels and the frequency of blood sampling of each patient in the 12 months before and in the 12 months of online availability will be evaluated, both with respect to the recommended range and advised frequency for the age. In the six months before and the first twelve months of the online availability of results the dietician will register the number of patients who called to ask about their results as well as the number of patients asking for dietary advises. In the first twelve months of online availability the number of times that the database is accessed by each patient will be registered.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD21-dec-2007 - 9-apr-2008


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