Last updated on July 2018

An Integrated Self-Management Intervention for Adolescents With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome


Brief description of study

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female endocrine disorder, affecting 7%-18% of reproductive-age women. Women with PCOS are at increased risk for a number of adverse physical and mental health outcomes. Often diagnosed during the challenging developmental period of adolescence (ages 14-18), current clinical practice guidelines fail to consider the life-long nature of effective PCOS self-management through sustained healthy lifestyle habits and may, in fact, contribute to maladaptive patterns of unsustainable strategies for weight loss in adolescents. The investigators are testing an integrated mindfulness-based healthy lifestyle intervention for adolescents with PCOS (Working to Optimize Wellness in Teens with PCOS [WOW]). The purpose of this study is to obtain data supporting preliminary efficacy of WOW on biological and mental health outcomes with adolescents diagnosed with PCOS.

Detailed Study Description

Innovative approaches to addressing the unique physical and mental health needs of adolescents with PCOS are needed. In response to this need, the investigators have developed an integrated mindfulness-based healthy lifestyle intervention for adolescents with PCOS (Working to Optimize Wellness in Teens with PCOS [WOW] through an iterative process of serial focus groups with adolescents and parents of adolescents with PCOS guided by the Individual and Family Self-Management Theory (IFSMT). In this pilot randomized control trial (RCT), 40 adolescents aged 14-18 years will be recruited to participate in the 5-week Working to Optimize Wellness in Teens with PCOS (WOW) intervention (N=20) or a waitlist-control condition (n=20). All participants will receive treatment as usual. Participants will meet weekly for 75-90 minutes for five weeks. Data collection will occur at 3 time points: Baseline data (T1) will be collected from all participants immediately following the informed consent process, Time 2 (T2) data will be collected immediately post-intervention, and Time 3 (T3) data will be collected one-month post-intervention. The waitlist- control condition will receive the intervention immediately following the one-month post-intervention data collection period. Following completion of the self-report measures at T3, individual exit interviews will be conducted with a subset of participants (N=10) from the WOW condition.

The primary aims of this research study are:

  1. To conduct a pilot RCT with 40 adolescents (ages 14-18) diagnosed with PCOS comparing WOW (n=20) to a wait-list control condition (n=20), and conduct individual exit-interviews to further refine WOW. The investigators expect to determine:
  2. Preliminary effects of WOW vs. wait-list control on blood pressure, fasting insulin, hemoglobin A1C, nutrition self-efficacy, physical activity, medication adherence, psychological well-being (i.e., depressive/anxiety symptoms, perceived stress, self-esteem) and health related quality of life.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03600337

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Cara C Young, PhD

University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX United States
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