Last updated on January 2020

CSC OnDemand: An Innovative Online Learning Platform for Implementing Coordinated Specialty Care


Brief description of study

In response to the growing need for training on interventions to address first episode psychosis, the Center for Social Innovation (C4) has partnered with experts in Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) to develop and test CSC OnDemand: An Innovative Online Learning Platform for Implementing Coordinated Specialty Care. The product builds on the findings of the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) studies, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). RAISE examined team-based models of care for people early in the course of schizophrenia. Through a Fast Track Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, investigators will prototype, test, refine, and evaluate the impact of CSC OnDemand.

Detailed Study Description

Building on existing resources and the expertise of our faculty and advisors, the investigators will develop CSC OnDemand, a multifaceted online learning product that includes four levels: 1) an online readiness tool and CSC Learning Hub; 2) dynamic multimedia core curriculum on first episode psychosis and CSC; 3) live faculty-led online courses; and 4) ongoing support, including an online community of practice to support peer-to-peer learning.

During Phases I and II of this Fast Track SBIR, the investigators will prototype, pilot test, build out, and evaluate the product through a cluster randomized non-inferiority study comparing it with InPerson training.

Phase I built a robust prototype of the online platform and test it with 15-20 providers from three sites. This Phase will explore feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness of the product, and will examine which components of the online platform providers find most useful.

Based on our findings from Phase I, the investigators will refine and fully build out the product to test in a larger randomized trial. Phase II will use a cluster randomized non-inferiority design to assess if OnDemand training (n = 20 sites) is comparable to InPerson training (n = 10 sites). Using a mixed-methods approach, the investigators will examine provider (n = 150) outcomes (satisfaction; knowledge gains/retention; attitudes toward shared decision making) and client (n = 600) outcomes (work/school participation; engagement in CSC services; inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations).

The study is guided by the following specific aims:

Phase II AIM 1: To refine, expand, and finalize CSC OnDemand based on Phase I findings.

AIM 2: To determine if the OnDemand training intervention is as successful as the InPerson intervention in increasing CSC providers knowledge and shared decision making (SDM). Hypothesis: Providers in the OnDemand condition will achieve increases in knowledge, SDM and satisfaction at post training and nine months that will be no more than .5 standard deviations less than the InPerson condition.

AIM 3: To determine if the OnDemand training intervention is as successful as the InPerson training in increasing participation in work or school, improving engagement in treatment, and decreasing relapse rates for participating clients.

Hypothesis: Clients being served by the providers in the OnDemand condition will have work/school participation rates, levels of engagement and rates of hospitalization nine months after admission that are no more than 10 percent higher (hospitalization) or lower (work/school, engagement) than clients served by providers in the InPerson condition.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03465371

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