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Safer Food Allergy Management for Adolescents

Study Purpose

Among the 15 million people with food allergies in the U.S., adolescents experience the highest risk of adverse events. Yet, there are few evidence-based strategies to improve food allergy management in adolescents. In a cohort multiple randomized controlled trial, this study will include two experiments to test the effectiveness of text message reminders and incentives to encourage epinephrine-carrying.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Healthy volunteers are participants who do not have a disease or condition, or related conditions or symptoms

Study Type

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Eligible Ages 15 Years - 19 Years
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- Food allergy diagnosis by a physician and recorded in the medical chart - Prior prescription of epinephrine auto-injector to treat anaphylaxis - Access to a cell phone capable of sending and receiving text messages and photographs (our team will provide cell phones to participants willing to participate, but who do not own a cellphone) - Fluent in English - Between ages 15-19 at baseline

Exclusion Criteria:

- Unable to obtain permission (consent) of a parent to participate in the study - Will not or cannot give assent - Currently participating in another clinical trial with related aims

Trial Details

Trial ID:

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Lead Sponsor

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University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator

The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.

Carolyn C Cannuscio, ScDJonathan Spergel, MD
Principal Investigator Affiliation University of PennsylvaniaChildren's Hospital of Philadelphia
Agency Class

Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.

Overall Status Recruiting
Countries United States

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Food Allergy, Adherence, Medication
Additional Details

Among the 15 million people with food allergies in the United States, adolescents experience the highest risk of adverse events, including death from anaphylaxis. Visits to one pediatric emergency department for anaphylaxis doubled between 2001 and 2006, suggesting a rapidly escalating public health burden. Despite this critical concern, there are few evidence-based strategies to improve food allergy management in adolescents, who must sustain three core prevention strategies: diligent avoidance of allergenic foods, consistent carrying of potentially life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors, and prompt administration of epinephrine in the event of anaphylaxis. The objective of this study is to develop and test interventions to encourage safer food allergy management among adolescents. The primary outcome is consistency of epinephrine-carrying, measured using cell phone photographs at randomly-timed check-ins. This study will be among the first to longitudinally track normative food allergy management practices and one of the first to test behavior change strategies. In a cohort multiple randomized controlled trial (n=130), the study will include two experiments to test the effectiveness of text message reminders and incentives, using various incentive designs that have proven effective in prior behavioral economics interventions to encourage weight loss and smoking cessation. Aim 1. Test the impact of a text-message reminder system on consistency of epinephrine carrying. Aim 2. Test the impact of modest incentives on consistency of epinephrine carrying. Based on promising preliminary data, the central hypothesis is that, compared to controls, adolescents who receive text message reminders plus modest financial incentives will more consistently carry their epinephrine.

Contact a Trial Team

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University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104

Site Contact

Carolyn C Cannuscio, ScD



Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Not yet recruiting


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104

Site Contact

Jonathan Spergel, MD



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