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Information About the Self-management for people with epilepsy and a history of negative health events (SMART 2.0) Study


Self-management for people with epilepsy and a history of negative health events (SMART 2.0) Study

SMART 2.0, developed by researchers at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), is an online behavioral program targeted to reducing barriers and maximizing facilitators to self-care in adults with epilepsy. This prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT) will investigate the effects of the SMART program among adults age 18 or older with epilepsy vs. a 6-month wait-list control.  All participants will eventually receive the intervention. The program focuses on self-management skills, and it is co-lead by Peer Educators (patients with epilepsy) and Nurse Educators. SMART is delivered over a teleconferencing platform (i.e., Zoom) or by telephone and thus can be accessed by people with epilepsy from the comfort and convenience of their own home.  There is no cost to receive the program, and participants receive modest compensation for the research assessment portion of the project (which can be completed virtually or over the phone). This project is funded with support from the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC).

We are looking for collaboration with professionals that have direct contact with the epilepsy community that would benefit from this study. The research staff will conduct all screenings as well as the consenting process. Research staff can perform any follow-up if given contact information for potential participants who agree to be contacted. Additionally, study flyers placed in patient-facing areas would be welcome to promote this beneficial program.

More information about the program can be found here: https://managingepilepsywell.org/smart

For any additional questions about the program, please feel free to contact Dr. Martha Sajatovic, [email protected].

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