Hydroxyurea Adherence for Personal Best in Sickle Cell Treatment: HABITLast updated on April 2022
- Recruitment Status
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Allocation: Randomized
- Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
- Masking: None (Open Label)
- Primary Purpose: Treatment
- Between 10 years and 18 years
- Both males and females
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited disorder affecting the blood and causes anemia, painful sickle crises, organ damage, reduced quality of life and high health care use. Hydroxyurea (HU) is an oral medication that reduces disease symptoms and improves quality of life by increasing the amount ...
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited disorder affecting the blood and causes anemia, painful sickle crises, organ damage, reduced quality of life and high health care use. Hydroxyurea (HU) is an oral medication that reduces disease symptoms and improves quality of life by increasing the amount of fetal hemoglobin in the blood. Despite the clinical promise of hydroxyurea, many children with SCD do make taking hydroxyurea a daily health habit. General barriers to medication adherence in underserved populations include lack of trust of medical staff, incomplete knowledge regarding benefits of hydroxyurea, and other factors that impede access to care such as transportation difficulties. Challenges specific to hydroxyurea use include understanding the importance of maximizing fetal hemoglobin levels and addressing concerns about hydroxyurea. Children and adolescents also require that a developmentally appropriate transition of self-management be established with their parents. Community-based health workers are a well established means to provide support for chronic disease management for underserved families and address multi-faceted barriers through culturally, behaviorally and developmentally aligned intervention. The investigators hypothesize that Community Health Workers support, augmented by daily task-focused communication technology, can improve self-managed adherence to hydroxyurea.
- NCT #
- National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
- Montefiore Medical Center
- Principal Investigator: Nancy Green, MD Columbia University
- Nancy Green, MD Columbia University