Clinical Trial

SPARK: Pilot Study

Study Description

SPARK: Pilot Study

Research question and objectives This pilot study will help us answer the following research question: Is it feasible to conduct a large cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT) of an intervention that consists of routine screening for poverty and related social determinants and intervening in Canadian primary care clinics, and what is the sample size required? Our objectives include: 1. to collect data on the feasibility of recruiting clinics for a large cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT) 2. to collect data on the acceptability and feasibility of integrating a standardized socio-demographic data collection tool, including screening for poverty, within diverse primary care clinic workflows 3. collect data on the acceptability and feasibility of "modest" and "intensive" interventions on poverty (discussed below) 4. collect data on the recruitment rate of patients, to assist with calculating the sample size for a larger cluster RCT 5. collect data on the intervention effect size of the "modest" and "intensive" interventions on income and health outcomes to assist with calculating the sample size for a larger cluster RCT .

Location

Locations Selected Location

Methods

No pharmaceutical medication involved No pharmaceutical medication involved
Recruiting patients only Recruiting patients only

Modest

The modest intervention consists of a 30-minute appointment (by phone or in-person) with the designated staff using the Benefits Screening Tool , and a plan is developed. At 4 weeks, the designated staff follows-up with a phone call or email.

Intensive

The intensive intervention consists of a 30-minute appointment with the designated staff using the Benefits Screening Tool , and a plan is developed. At 4 weeks, a follow-up appointment is booked for 30 minutes, and progress on the plan is assessed. At 12 weeks after the initial meeting, the designated staff follows-up with a phone call or email.

Additional Information

Official Study Title

Screening for Poverty And Related Social Determinants and Intervening to Improve Knowledge of and Links to Resources (SPARK) Pilot Study

Clinical Trial ID

NCT04211025

ParticipAid ID

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