Telehealth CBT for Adolescents and Young Adults With Childhood-onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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    Michigan State University
Updated on 27 January 2022


This study aims to investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of a remotely delivered psychological intervention for youth with cSLE. This intervention aims to teach participants skills in order to cope with fatigue, pain, and depressive symptoms--symptoms that commonly affect adolescents and young adults with lupus.


This project is investigating whether a remotely delivered psychological intervention is acceptable and beneficial to teens and young adults coping with cSLE. This study uses a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention called the Treatment and Education Approach for Childhood-onset Lupus (TEACH) to address symptoms of fatigue, depression, and pain that commonly occur in individuals with cSLE. The TEACH program includes six-weekly, one hour sessions, conducted over HIPAA-compliant video conferencing.

Participation in this study will take approximately 8-15 weeks. After qualifying for the study, participants will be randomly selected, like flipping a coin, to the TEACH program plus medical treatment as usual (TAU) OR medical TAU alone for six weeks. After this six-week time period, a post-assessment will be completed. Participants that only continued medical TAU will then be eligible to receive TEACH after completing the post-assessment. If these participants choose to undergo the TEACH treatment, they will be asked to complete a short interview about the program and answer questions about how their mood, pain, and fatigue.

Condition Autoimmune disease, Autoimmune disease, CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE, Connective Tissue Diseases, Dermatomyositis (Connective Tissue Disease), SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS, SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS, Dermatomyositis (Connective Tissue Disease), Connective Tissue Diseases
Treatment TEACH, TEACH
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04335643
SponsorMichigan State University
Last Modified on27 January 2022

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