ABOUT THE STUDY
The Internet-Based Conversational Engagement Clinical Trial (I-CONECT) follows research participants over the age of 75 in the Portland, Atlanta or Detroit metro area for about one year.
All participants receive nine in-home visits and brief weekly telephone health surveys from the study team. Additionally, there is a 50% chance of receiving regular social video chats. Participants are eligible to receive between $175 to $375 in compensation, depending on their study site.
THE STUDY INCLUDES
Visits include taking physical measures like height and weight, filling out surveys, and completing problem-solving tasks, and installing and picking up study equipment.
30-minute long chats are conducted 4 times a week for 6 months, then twice a week for the following 6 months
A simple, user-friendly video chat device is provided and participants are taught how to use it. Personal phone as well as in-home support is available.
Participants chat with different study team members each week. Chats cover a variety of fun and engaging topics.
Participants at the OHSU site will receive an electronic pillbox that tracks when they take a daily low-dose vitamin C pill.
Participants in Oregon and Michigan will receive two MRI brain scans if it is safe and comfortable to do so.