A Digital Solution for Individuals With Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Sidekick Health Digital Solution (SK-241) for Individuals With Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): A Feasibility Study

Sponsors

Lead Sponsor: Sidekick Health

Collaborator: Hjartamiðstöðin, Iceland
Hjartavernd, Iceland

Source Sidekick Health
Brief Summary

Sidekick Health has developed a digital behavioral change program (SK-241) specifically designed for people with metabolic derangements and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The SK-241 is delivered through a mobile application and aims at improving lifestyle and health outcomes by focusing on improving diet, increasing activity levels and reducing stress. In this study, the feasibility of the newly developed digital behavioral change program (SK-241) will be evaluated in a minimum of 30 individuals with a NAFLD diagnosis. The primary aim is to explore the acceptability of the SK-241 program by its users, in addition to exploring changes in clinical outcomes and medication adherence after a 12-week intervention with 6 months follow up.

Detailed Description

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an umbrella term used to describe a spectrum of liver pathology, characterized by >5% fat accumulation in the liver (steatosis), among people who drink little or no alcohol. Both genetic and lifestyle-related factors contribute to the pathogenesis of NAFLD. It is strongly associated with metabolic derangements, obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus. NAFLD is considered the liver manifestation of metabolic syndrome. NAFLD can progress from a simple steatosis to a more severe and progressive condition, referred to as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which is characterized by additional liver inflammation and hepatocyte injury with or without fibrosis. In general, 20% of NAFLD patients are believed to progress to NASH. Finding convenient and effective ways to incorporate lifestyle changes into daily lives of people with NAFLD and NASH is important. Sidekick Health has developed a digital behavioral change program (SK-241) for NAFLD and NASH patients consisting of an interactive mobile application. The aim of this study is primarily to assess the acceptability and feasibility of adding a digital lifestyle intervention (SK-241) to the standard of care (SoC) for NAFLD patients, by assessing participants engagement, retention and satisfaction with the SK-241 program in a minimum of 30 individuals with a NAFLD diagnosis. In addition, the clinical effectiveness of the program will be explored. A minimum of 30 individuals with a NAFLD diagnosis will be included for a 12-week intervention with 6 months follow-up.

Overall Status Recruiting
Start Date 2022-06-20
Completion Date 2023-12-31
Primary Completion Date 2023-12-31
Phase N/A
Study Type Interventional
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Acceptability and feasibility of the digital program (SK-241) - retention. 12 weeks
Acceptability and feasibility of the digital program (SK-241) - engagement. 12 weeks
Acceptability and feasibility of the digital program (SK-241) - satisfaction. 12 weeks
Secondary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by exploring its effects on weightloss. 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by exploring its effects on HbA1c. 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by exploring its effects on fasting glucose. 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by exploring its effects on fasting insulin. 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by exploring its effects on liver function. 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by exploring its effects on cholesterol. 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by exploring its effects on hs-CRP. 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by exploring its effects on the cardiovascular risk factor blood pressure 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by exploring its effects on the cardiovascular risk factor waist circumference. 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by exploring its effects on the cardiovascular risk factor activity level. 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by exploring its effects on body composition. 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by exploring its effects on liver fat content. 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by assessing health related quality of life (HRQoL) 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by assessing mental health. 9 months
The feasibility of adding a digital program (SK-241) to standard of care, by assessing medication adherence. 9 months
Enrollment 30
Condition
Intervention

Intervention Type: Device

Intervention Name: A digital care solution for patients with NAFLD

Description: A digital solution that provides remote symptom monitoring and support of healthy lifestyle choices through tasks that are made more attractive with gamification and rewards.

Arm Group Label: Digital solution group

Other Name: SK-241

Eligibility

Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: - Adults with a NAFLD diagnosis, defined as: Confirmed liver steatosis >5%, with a FibroScan CAP cutoff score of > 294 decibel (dB)/m among individuals with one or more of the following: Type 2 diabetes OR BMI>30 OR Metabolic syndrome OR Previous diagnosis of NAFLD within the last 12 months - for individuals with type 2 diabetes: Stable dose of antidiabetic medication the last 90 days before screening (metformin, glitazones, glucagon like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogues, sodium-glucose co transporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitor, sulfonylurea, insulin) - Capacity to give informed consent and understands verbal and written Icelandic - Owns and knows how to operate a smartphone - Willing and able to comply with the study intervention, all scheduled visits and procedures Exclusion Criteria: - Insulin use - Known or self-reported cirrhosis - Alcohol consumption over 14 units/week for males, 7 units/week for women - Self-reported Hepatitis B (HepB), Hepatitis C (HepC), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or autoimmune hepatitis - Vitamin E intake of > 400 IU/day - unless stable for 12 weeks prior to baseline - Taking medications associated with liver steatosis; steroids, methotrexate, tamoxifen, amiodarone, tetracycline, valproic acid - Self-reported pregnancy - Participation in a weight loss program - History of, or any existing medical condition (e.g., ongoing cancer treatment, severe cardiopulmonary- or musculoskeletal disease, stroke, or myocardial infarction in the last 6 months) that, in the opinion of the investigator, would interfere with evaluation of the study intervention or affect the interpretation of the results of the study

Gender:

All

Minimum Age:

18 Years

Maximum Age:

79 Years

Healthy Volunteers:

No

Overall Official
Last Name Role Affiliation
Sigríður Björnsdóttir, MD PhD Principal Investigator Hjartamiðstöðin
Overall Contact

Last Name: Sigríður Björnsdóttir, MD PhD

Phone: +354 821 7107

Email: [email protected]

Location
Facility: Status: Contact: Investigator:
Hjartamiðstöðin | Kopavogur, 203, Iceland Recruiting Sigríður Björnsdóttir, MD PhD +354 821 7107 [email protected] Sigríður Björnsdóttir, MD PhD Principal Investigator
Hjartavernd | Kópavogur, 203, Iceland Recruiting Sigríður Björnsdóttir, MD PhD +354 821 7107 [email protected] Sigríður Björnsdóttir, MD PhD Principal Investigator
Location Countries

Iceland

Verification Date

2022-06-01

Responsible Party

Type: Sponsor

Keywords
Has Expanded Access No
Condition Browse
Number Of Arms 1
Arm Group

Label: Digital solution group

Type: Experimental

Description: Participants will be instructed to download a lifestyle-changing mobile application to which they will have access for 9 months. The program aims to provide remote symptom monitoring by a health coach and by having participants enter data (on diet, exercise, weight, stress and energy levels, etc) and patient reported outcomes (PROs) via the SidekickHealth platform to empower positive lifestyle changes. The intervention consists of a 12-week digital behavioral change program with an additional 6-month maintenance program, during which time the patient still has access to the application but with limited features compared to the first 12 weeks. During the total 9-month study period all participants will also receive standard of care.

Patient Data No
Study Design Info

Allocation: N/A

Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment

Intervention Model Description: Multi-center single-arm open label intervention study

Primary Purpose: Treatment

Masking: None (Open Label)

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