ABOUT THE STUDY
The Internet-Based Conversational Engagement Clinical Trial (I-CONECT) followed research participants over the age of 75 in the Portland, Atlanta or Detroit metro areas for about six months.
All participants received brief weekly telephone health surveys from the study team, and about four longer appointments by telephone. Additionally, there was a 50% chance of receiving regular social video chats.
Participants were eligible to receive between $100 to $310 in compensation, depending on their study activities.
THE STUDY INCLUDED
For COVID-19 safety, appointments are done over the phone
Appointments include asking about health history, filling out surveys, completing problem-solving tasks, and setting up study equipment.
30-minute long chats were conducted 4 times a week for 6 months
A simple, user-friendly video chat device was provided and participants were taught how to use it.
Participants chatted with different study team members each week. Chats covered a variety of fun and engaging topics.
Participants at the OHSU site received an electronic pillbox that tracked when they took a daily low-dose vitamin C pill.